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Keep lemongrass in the kitchen and the medicine cabinet

Lemongrass, a bounty of health

Times of India
2011 November 29

Lemongrass is a herb cherished for its aroma and citrus-cum-ginger taste. It is also known as citronella and its botanical name is cymbopogon ciatrus. It is widely used in Asian cuisines, especially Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. Besides culinary purposes, lemongrass possesses a lot of medical and health benefits. Some of them are as follows:

Lemongrass contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. It is useful in treating infections of the stomach, colon, urinary tract and wounds.

It helps to cure diseases like typhoid, skin infections, food poisoning and body odour.

Because it contains analgesic properties, lemongrass oil helps in relieving pain from headaches, joint pains and muscle pains.

Lemongrass possesses anti-pyretic properties that is beneficial in bringing down fever. Therefore, lemongrass is administered to people having fever.


Apple cider vinegar: the granddaddy of home remedies



Apple cider vinegar remedies can disinfect your home, improve your health and even be used in home beauty treatments!

Distilled white vinegar is the best choice for non-toxic cleaning as it will not stain. On the contrary it has the ability to remove stains and even hard water build up. A good rule of thumb is to use white vinegar on anything except yourself, use distilled apple cider vinegar externally on your body and use organic apple cider vinegar for medicinal internal purposes.

Vinegar is 5% acetic acid which gives it great antiseptic properties. Oraganic apple cider vinegar has many minerals (especially potassium), vitamins, enzymes, fiber and antioxidants. It’s also low in fat and sodium.

OK, let’s learn some environmentally friendly apple cider vinegar remedies!


ALL PURPOSE CLEANER – Mix 2 parts water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle then add a couple drops of liquid dish detergent. Shake it up and use for cleaning stainless steel, countertops, sinks and even windows!

CUTTING BOARDS – Use full strength to disinfect cutting boards.

VINEGAR FABRIC SOFTENER – Add 1 cup vinegar to the final rinse cycle in your washing machine. This will not only soften your clothes but reduce static, make your whites brighter and even disinfect! Don’t worry about the smell it’ll be gone by the time your clothes are dry.

CLOGGED SHOWERHEAD – Find a bag to fit around your showerhead, fill it with vinegar and use twist ties to hold it over the head. Let it soak in the vinegar overnight and by morning your shower will be like new!

STINKY OR SLOW DRAINS – Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda in the drain then add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar. Let it work its magic and when it stops fizzing flush with hot water. Get for garbage disposals too!

FRUIT FLY HOME REMEDY – Use a small jar (canning jar is great) and poke some holes in the lid. Fill 1/4 the jar with vinegar and leave on your counter. Nearly an instant trap!

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