Lemongrass is a very versatile spice. It has numerous health benefits to offer – whether it is used as a seasoning in food and beverages or as an essential oil or as an aromatic herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Read on to find out the many health benefits of lemongrass and why is it not considered safe during pregnancy.
Lemongrass has traditionally been used to calm the nerves and induce sleep. It has also been used to treat cough and fever, improve digestion, relieve nausea, headaches, muscle cramps and spasms, rheumatic pains and menstruation problems. It has antioxidant, anti microbial, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces risk of cancer, regulates blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
However, it is not safe to consume lemongrass in any form during pregnancy. This is because it can hamper the skeletal development of the foetus. It can also cause sharp decline in sugar levels of an expecting mother, leading to fatigue, blurred vision and even dizziness. As lemongrass is used to encourage menstrual flow, consuming it during pregnancy may lead to miscarriage. It is always best to consult your doctor about herbs and spices safe to use during pregnancy.