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Cymbopogon (lemon grass) is a genus of about 55 species of grasses, native to warm temperate and tropical regions of the Old World and Oceania. It is a tall perennial grass. Common names include lemon grasslemongrassbarbed wire grasssilky headscitronella grassfever grass or Hierba Luisa amongst many others. 

Lemon grass is native to India. It is widely used as a herb in Asian cuisine. It has a citrus flavor and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh.

Lemon grass is commonly used in teassoups, and curries. It is also suitable for poultry, fish, and seafood. It is often used as a tea in African and Latin American countries.

Research also shows that lemon grass oil has anti-fungal properties.

In 2006 a research team from the Ben Gurion University in Israel found that lemon grass (cymbopogon citratus) caused apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Through in vitro studies, the researchers examined the effect of citral, a molecule found in lemon grass, on both normal and cancerous cells. Using concentrations of citral equivalent to the quantity in a cup of tea (one gram of lemon grass in hot water), the researchers observed that citral induces programmed cell death in the cancerous cells, while the normal cells were left unharmed. 

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Quick Tip by . October 18, 2010
When using lemongrass for Thai soups and meals, I like to cut the dry ends with scissors, dry them, and use the pieces for winter teas!
Quick Tip by . October 08, 2010
This is fast becoming one of my favorite scents. Lovely massage oil from this grass can be found in many spas in Thailand. Soooooooooooo refreshing!
Quick Tip by . October 27, 2009
I recently found out the drink Oasis Spa served me b4 each treatment is Lemon Grass. It's delicious & said to have anti-cancer properties!
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