English name: Lemongrass
Malay name: Serai
Chinese name: 香茅

Botanical name: Cymbopogon citratus
Family: Poaceae

Description: Broad aromatic leaves with sturdy stems. A perennial tuft.

Therapeutic category: Weak sedative, stomachic


  • stomach disorders (dyspeptic disorders)
  • insomnia
  • respiratory disorders
  • fever
  • aches
  • infections
  • rheumatism
  • edema
  • colds
  • nervous conditions

Preparation and dosage:

Fresh and dried aboveground parts (cymbopogonis citrati herba)

  • Leaf infusions for oral consumption
  • Extreme care is required as high doses is toxic or even lethal if taken orally in large amounts