Lemon grass, Gandhatrana, Harí-chaha

Sanskrit: Bhút^iò

BaUta^ó

 

 Hindi: Gandhatrana, Harí-chaha

English: Lemon grass

Latin: Andropogon citratus DC. (A. Shoenanthus) Part Used: Essential oil, herb

Habitat: Grows wild in gardens in India, Sri Lanka and other tropics, in cultivated areas

Energetics: Pungent, bitter-cold-pungent PK- (V+

excess)

Tissues: Fat, nerves

Systems: Nervous, metabolic

Action: Antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, em- menagogue, stimulant; oil—carminative, refriger– ant, stomachic, tonic

Uses: Bowel spasms, colic, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea (neuralgic), fever, gas, colds, G.I. spasms, intestinal mucus membrane tonic and stimulant; vomiting. Oil/external—bath, perfume, and hair oils; with coconut for lumbago, rheumatism, neu- ralgia, sprains, pains, ringworm; excellent tea for Pitta and kidneys.

Precautions: None

Preparation: Infusion or decoction of leaves, pow- der

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