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A natural solution for menstrual cramps, hot flashes, and bloating

Natural relief for menstrual cramps: Lemongrass, also known as citronella, is a tall plant with a lemony aroma and citrus flavor.

It is commonly used in Thai cooking and as a bug repellent. In aromatherapy, lemongrass essential oil is used to freshen the air, reduce stress, and uplift the mood.

Additionally, lemongrass has been used as a folk remedy for various health benefits.

Natural relief for menstrual cramps

Scientific studies have highlighted several potential health benefits of lemongrass:

Natural relief for menstrual cramps
Lemongrass planr

Anti-inflammatory:

Compounds in lemongrass, such as citral and geranial, contribute to its anti-inflammatory benefits, helping to prevent the release of inflammation-causing indicators in the body.

Antimicrobial:

Lemongrass has shown antimicrobial properties, and its essential oil can be effective against bacteria and fungi, including the ones responsible for oral infections and cavities.

Cancer risk:

Some components of lemongrass, including citral, have been identified as potential anticancer agents, which may promote cell death or boost the immune system’s ability to combat cancer.

Antioxidant:

Lemongrass contains antioxidants like chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin, which can help neutralize free radicals in the body and protect cells within the coronary arteries.

Promote healthy digestion:

Lemongrass tea has been found to be a natural remedy for upset stomach, stomach cramping, and gastric ulcers. It can also protect the stomach lining from damage caused by aspirin and ethanol.

Diuretic:

Lemongrass possesses diuretic properties, promoting increased urination to eliminate excess fluid and sodium from the body.

Diuretics are often prescribed if you have heart failureliver failure, or edema. Hence, it could be a natural diuretic.

For instance, one study by Mirza et al(2001) on rats found lemongrass tea as a potent diuretic activity similar to green tea without causing organ damage or other side effects.

For the study, lemongrass tea was given to rats over six weeks.

This property can be beneficial for individuals with certain health conditions.

Blood pressure regulation:

Drinking lemongrass tea may help reduce high systolic blood pressure while mildly increasing diastolic blood pressure, leading to a lower heart rate.

one observational study by Ullah et al(2012) used 72 male volunteers and prescribed either lemongrass tea or green tea to drink.  

blood pressure regulation
Heart Health

The study found that those who took the lemongrass tea had a moderate drop in systolic blood pressure and a mild increase in diastolic blood pressure. They also had a significantly lower heart rate.

Cholesterol regulation:

Some studies indicate that lemongrass oil extract can lower cholesterol levels, but further research is needed to confirm its impact when consumed as tea.

Weight loss:

Lemongrass tea has been used as a detox tea to aid in weight loss, making it a better choice than sugar-sweetened drinks.

Relief of PMS symptoms:

Lemongrass oil’s cooling properties may offer natural relief for menstrual cramps, bloating, and hot flashes.

one study by Shah et al. (2011) found that lemongrass oil is helpful to cool the body. This in turn could help as a natural remedy for menstrual cramps, bloating, and hot flashes

Side effects

Despite these potential health benefits, it is essential to exercise caution and be aware of possible side effects when using lemongrass:

  • Some people may experience side effects like dizziness, increased hunger, dry mouth, increased urination, or tiredness.
  • Allergic reactions are possible, and immediate medical attention should be sought if symptoms like rash, itching, difficulty breathing, or rapid heart rate occur.

Contraindication

  • Lemongrass tea should be avoided by pregnant women, those taking prescription diuretics, or individuals with low heart rate or potassium levels.

It is important to note that most studies on lemongrass have utilized lemongrass oil, not the tea form.

While lemongrass tea can also offer benefits, caution is advised, and it is best to use it in moderation.

Lemongrass tea or tea bags can be found in natural food stores or online. Additionally, lemongrass can be added to various dishes, such as soups, poultry, or fish, for its flavor and potential health benefits.

NB:

Prof. Nyarkotey has strict sourcing guidelines and relies on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations to justify his write-ups.

My articles are for educational purposes and do not serve as Medical advice for Treatment.

I aim to educate the public about evidence-based scientific Naturopathic Therapies.

The author is a Professor of Naturopathic Healthcare and President of Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine & Technology (NUCHMT)/African Naturopathic Foundation. E-mail: collegeofholisticmedicine@gmail.com.

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Ahmad A, Viljoen A. The in vitro antimicrobial activity of Cymbopogon essential oil (lemon grass) and its interaction with silver ions. Phytomedicine. 2015 Jun 1;22(6):657-65. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2015.04.002. Epub 2015 Apr 29. PMID: 26055131.

Fernandes C, De Souza H, De Oliveria G, Costa J, Kerntopf M, Campos A. Investigation of the mechanisms underlying the gastroprotective effect of cymbopogon citratus essential oil. J Young Pharm. 2012 Jan;4(1):28-32. doi: 10.4103/0975-1483.93578. PMID: 22523457; PMCID: PMC3326778.

Shah G, Shri R, Panchal V, Sharma N, Singh B, Mann AS. Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus, stapf (Lemon grass). J Adv Pharm Technol Res. 2011 Jan;2(1):3-8. doi: 10.4103/2231-4040.79796. PMID: 22171285; PMCID: PMC3217679.

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