Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), sometimes known as citronella or lemongrass, is a long grass-like ingredient popular in Southeast Asian cuisine. The plant’s lower stalks and bulbs offer a lemony, fresh aroma that is sometimes used in teas, marinades, curries, and broths. Lemongrass and lemongrass essential oil are used for therapeutic purposes and flavoring. Some of these uses are backed up by scientific research.
Lemongrass contains antibacterial and antifungal qualities, according to reports. It’s been used for centuries as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Citral, a natural plant chemical with anti-inflammatory properties, is found in lemongrass.