Tanglad (Andropogon citratus DC.), also known as lemon grass or citronella, is a popular ingredient in herbal teas and herbal soaps. It is highly regarded as a flavoring to enhance the taste of food. It is traditionally used to help reduce blood pressure and improve circulation, in reducing fevers, to help in flatulence, for the relief of arthritic pain and rheumatism and as a sedative and anti-emetic. Studies have shown that lemon grass possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Chemical constituents and characteristics
Parts utilized: Leaves
For Diarrhea: Boil 10 leaves in 2 glasses of water for 10 minutes; add a tablespoon of sugar and one small piece of crushed ginger.
For adults: 1 cup, 3 times daily and after each loose bowel movement.
Children: (Babies) 1 tablespoon 3 times daily and after each loose bowel movement; 2-6 years, 1/4 cup 3 times daily and after each loose bowel movement; 7-12 years, 1/2 cup three times daily and after each loose bowel movement.
Suob: One of the 10 herbal ingredients in the decoction/bath in the post-partum ritual of suob.
· Commonly used as a stuffing ingredient in pig spit-roasting to improve the flavor and decrease the grease-taste.
· Also used to flavor wines, sauces and spices.
· The roots have a ginger-like flavor and used as a condiment and adding fragrance to gogo hair-washes.
· Volatile oil, called Lemon grass oil, consists mainly of citral and used in perfume and toilet soap manufacture.
· Scavon Vet Spray: Andropogon citratus is one of the ingredients in a spray used for parasitic mite, Demodex bovis, that causes demodectic mange in cattle.
· Recent uses and preparations: Stomach discomfort, toothache, sprain, vomiting and ringworm
· To keep away mosquitos, plant it around your house or place crushed leaves on your window sills.
· Antibacterial / Antifungal: Studies have shown antibacterial activity, comparable to penicillin.