Health benefits of fever grass

Today, we are going to see the health benefits of fever grass.

Overview of fever grass

This tropical plant has a stem with aromatic properties. Fever grass or lemongrass as it is widely called also has medicinal properties, thanks to the unique resources contained in its leaves.

Bactericide, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and insecticide, it also treats digestive disorders, influenza and feverish conditions, rheumatism and joint pains.Health benefits of fever grass

It would also have a positive action on diabetes.
It is excellent in infusion, married or in name to other plants and tea.

Cooking it is a treat. Its essential oil is very effective for certain mild pathologies.

The plant

During the rebirth,  fever grass was only used for perfume.
The colonists used it for its antiseptic properties during epidemics of yellow fever.

Fever grass or Indian verbena is a plant of tropical origin that belongs to the group of grasses and the family of Poaceae.

It looks like common grasses in our fields but can easily reach two meters in height.

This plant grows and proliferates easily and has a large leaf network.

Health benefits of fever grass

1. Helps with digestion

Its fleshy bulb, finely sliced, sublimates exotic cuisine: it is this which concentrates the aromatic principles and gives a characteristic touch.Health benefits of fever grass

Deliciously scented, lemongrass is perfect for making a marinade (especially for fish and white meats), and above all, it facilitates digestion, by calming spasms, cramps and flatulence.

2. A morale booster

If its leaves cannot be eaten because they are very fibrous, they are used in herbal teas because they have therapeutic virtues, in particular, to dispel anxiety.

We let infuse, about 10 minutes, 1 teaspoon of leaves in 25 cl of water, to soothe the mind and prepare for sleep.

You can also pour this infusion into a bath, to produce a relaxing effect.

3. Anti-mosquito shock!

In pots, on the terrace, but especially in essential oil, fever grass effectively repels mosquitoes: it is diffused in the air (20 drops mixed with as much lavender or geranium), or it is sprayed on clothes and not directly on the skin.

It is also credited with the ability to relieve stings, by massage, diluted with vegetable oil!

4. Pain relief and yeast infection

The essential oil (made from the aerial parts) would also calm the rheumatic pains used in massage (diluted by half in vegetable oil), as well as cutaneous fungal infections such as athlete’s foot (by following the same preparation).

An essential ingredient of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, this bulb perfumes summer dishes and repels mosquitoes.

Nothing to do with lemon! Fever grass, or “Indian verbena” as it is also called, is not a shrub but a tropical herbaceous plant with long green leaves.

Typical of Southeast Asian cuisine, it can be found and cultivated in our latitudes.


1. Unusual marinade for fish:

-Peel and mince a clove of garlic.

-Finely mince two fever grass bulbs, and grate a 1 cm piece of fresh ginger.

-In a bowl, pour the juice of two limes, 100 ml of coconut milk, garlic, fever grass and ginger and two tablespoons of chopped cilantro.

-Season with pepper and use to marinate raw fish or shrimp.

2. Peaches in lemongrass syrup:

-In a saucepan, pour 200 g of sugar, two well-crushed lemongrass bulbs, a vanilla bean and 200 ml of water.

-Boil over low heat until obtaining a syrupy consistency.

-Filter and pour it, while still hot, over the peeled and cut peaches.

-Let cool and keep in the fridge until tasting.

Thanks for reading the health benefits of fever grass. We pray it does help you.

By Bobvalla

Bobvalla Lesly Fomantum is a Cameroonian from the Northwest part of the country. He is a medical student and the founder of which is a health and fitness website. Bobvalla is kind, humble, hospitable, curious to safe lives. Being a medical doctor for him is not a profession nor a job but the passion he has for the field.

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