Cymbopogon citratus is abundant in the Philippines and Indonesia where it is known as tanglad or sereh. Its fragrant leaves are traditionally used in cooking, particularly for lechon and roasted chicken.Cymbopogon citratus (lemon grass) is a widely used herb, particularly in southeast Asia and Brazil, where it is used as a food ﬂavoring, as a perfume, and has been found to possess medicinal properties (4) and contain 1 to 2% essential oil on a dry basis.
The leaves of Cymbopogon citratus have been used in traditional medicine and are often found in herbal supplements and teas. A myriad of effects have been attributed to both their oral consumption and topical use, with modern research supporting many of their alleged benefits. In the folk medicine of Brazil, it is believed to have anxiolytic, hypnotic, and anticonvulsant properties.