Lemongrass is a plant. The leaves and the oil are used to make medicine. Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.
Packed with a zing of citrus flavor, lemongrass can be dried for prolonged shelf life or used fresh. It’s best known for its use in curries, soups, and herbal teas. Its versatility makes it easy to pair with chicken, beef, tofu, and seafood dishes.
Plant lemongrass in spring, once all chances of frost have passed. It’s a perfect plant for growing in-ground, as you would with ornamental grasses, or in containers. Lemongrass likes it hot, so grow it in an area with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Space plants 24 inches apart.