The lemon grass, also called cymbopogon, is a perennial tropical grass plant. It has tall sharp leaves and reaches around 15 cm. The birthplace of the plant is India, but people also grow it in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Africa, Brazil and Guatemala.
The lemon grass oil is part of the essential oils family. It has antiseptic and anti-mucus properties, helps with insomnia, too. The lemongrass oil also acts as a repellent – not only mosquitoes but flies and other unwanted bugs stay away from it.
Just as the basil, the lemongrass is used as a herb and a spice for culinary purposes, both fresh or ground.