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Lemongrass

What is it?

Lemongrass is an herbal medicine used for bacterial and fungal infections, nervous conditions, and inflammation (pain and stiffness). It also is used to help with urination and water retention. Lemongrass oil is used as a massage to relieve stiff muscles. Lemongrass topical solution is used to prevent head lice.

Other names for Lemongrass include: Cymbopogon Citratus, Fevergrass, Citronella, and Capim.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Lemongrass you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Lemongrass. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Lemongrass, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

This medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

References:

1. Carlini EA, Contar J de DP, Silva-Filho et al: Pharmacology of lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus Stapf). I. Effects of teas prepared from the leaves on laboratory animals. J Ethnopharmacol 1986; 17(1):37-64.

2. Souza Formigoni ML, Lodder HM, Gianotti Filho O et al: Pharmacology of lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus Stapf). II. Effects of daily two month administration in male and female rats and in offspring exposed "in utero." J Ethnopharmacol 1986; 17(1):65-74.

3. Brinker F: Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions. Eclectic Medical Publications, Sandy, OR; 1998.

4. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R et al: American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1997.

5. Mumcuoglu KY, Magdassi S, Miller J et al: Repellency of citronella for head lice: double-blind randomized trial of efficacy and safety. Isr Med Assoc J 2004; 6(12):756-759.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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