The delicious lemon-like aroma of the leaves and leaf bases are used as a flavouring in curries, soups, and sauces. Lemongrass leaves make a refreshing tea.
Medicinally it is an aid to digestive ailments, arthritic pains, and used for skin conditions. It induces perspiration and is gentle enough to use for treating children’s mild feverish conditions.
It is antifungal and antibacterial. The fragrance is sought after in cosmetics and soaps.
It is used as a swarm trap to trap swarms of bees and it has the ability to repel stable fly. Grown to stabilise soil and control erosion.