|Lemongrass after being split and trimmed!|
Lemongrass grows in Florida like a weed with little maintenance required!!!!. If you have the space (even in a large or mid-sized container) it is easy and amazing to grow lemongrass. As it rarely flowers most varieties I have seen are clumping types. It is one of the most abundant medicinal/edible herbs I have ever come across in the tropical climate; must be a grass!
So you ask... What are the benefits and how can I use this?
In your garden it has unlimited benefits. If you have space it can help to fill in spaces as our clumps in central Florida have grown to about 3' by 3', the dreaded mosquitoes dont like them and they can be used in infusions creams or oils to repel them on your skin, they repel nematodes (really? this useful!), they have insect repellent properties and when you trim the tops (hedge trimmers work great) about once or twice a year (we only do it in the spring) the trimmed goods can be used as mulch in your garden beds to repel pests. The extracts and essences of the plant are anti-bacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and I am sure MUCH more...
Already you can see that it is a must have in the Florida garden and any other garden! It is well suited to culture in pots and is low maintenance. Once established it does not require water. It gives and gives, you will need to split you lemongrass every year and divide it. Give your friends some, make tea, dry it for using later, and put it in your food.
|These are the stalks used in tea and cooking.|
|One of our Lemongrasses after the winter.|
I have compiled a list of links if you are interested in diving into the wonderful world of Cymbopogon! Come on... Say that three times in a row! Tee hee hee
I am positive that if you dive into this fantastic herb you will not regret it! If you are in the central florida area I would be happy to pull some cuttings out for you or if I happen to have some in pots we can figure something out!
As always thanks for reading!
Doshaguru for those who like Ayurveda here is the low down!
India Parenting gives us a comprehensive and well written article about it. Good site!
Lets go healthy! Information is good and thorough!
Healthers has some great information and a nicely written article!
Making your own lemongrass oil:
Ehow and Nikki Jardin Bring us a nice way to make this at home! For those who like doing everything from the ground up!
Sesame of VivaWoman give us great uses for our bodies with this magical herb! I love this article!!!!!
Alejandra Ramos amuses us with the mishap but goes on to tell us about this AMAZING sugar scrub she came up with!
For COOKING!!!!!! Yummers:
Jane Maynard give us 10 great recipes in this article!
Bon appétit offers us an excellent Lemongrass Coconut Curry!
Thanks for reading! I am feeling this Lemongrass after writing this article!