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Used in Asian cooking and medicine alike, lemongrass is sure to elevate your senses while serving your underlying health. Just the aroma alone has been shown to reduce base levels of anxiety. While some anti-anxiety medication can cause feelings of drowsiness, study participants instead felt more awake with lemongrass aromatherapy1. Feeling calmer yet more alert is a highly desirable state of mind for those experiencing anxiety. The anti-oxidative stress and cancer prevention potential of lemongrass has also been explored, as unavoidable toxic pollutants in our environment can easily cause damage to our DNA that lead to cancer. Lemongrass has been shown to prevent this damage2. Even after cancer initiation, lemongrass slowed cervical cancer cell growth3. Dental health may also improve with the antimicrobial effects of lemongrass, since plaque, gingivitis, periodontitis [gum inflammation], halitosis [bad breath], and more have been managed by a lemongrass mouthwash4,5. Welcome the wide benefits of lemongrass for yourself with a cup of our lemony, earthy lemongrass tea grown organically in Maine.
1Goes, T. C., Ursulino, F. R. C., Almeida-Souza, T. H., Alves, P. B., & Teixeira-Silva, F. (2015). Effect of Lemongrass Aroma on Experimental Anxiety in Humans. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 21(12), 766–773. https://doi-org.unh.idm.oclc.org/10.1089/acm.2015.0099
2Jiang, J., Xu, H., Wang, H., Zhang, Y., Ya, P., Yang, C., & Li, F. (2017). Protective effects of lemongrass essential oil against benzo(a)pyrene-induced oxidative stress and DNA damage in human embryonic lung fibroblast cells. Toxicology Mechanisms & Methods, 27(2), 121–127. https://doi-org.unh.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/15376516.2016.1266541
3Ghosh, K. (2013). Anticancer effect of lemongrass oil and citral on cervical cancer cell lines. Pharmacognosy Communications, 3(4), 41–48. https://doi-org.unh.idm.oclc.org/10.5530/pc.2013.4.6
4Kumar, M. S., & Gurunathan, D. (2019). Lemongrass in dental health. Drug Invention Today, 11(3), 780–785. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.unh.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=asn&AN=135479108&site=ehost-live
5DANY, S. S., MOHANTY, P., TANGADE, P., RAJPUT, P., & BATRA, M. (2015). Efficacy of 0.25% Lemongrass Oil Mouthwash: A Three Arm Prospective Parallel Clinical Study. Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, 9(10), 13–17. https://doi-org.unh.idm.oclc.org/10.7860/JCDR/2015/14465.6581