Lemongrass, also known as cymbopogon, is a plant species grown in many countries around the world, including Cameroon. In Cameroon, lemongrass is often used in traditional cooking to add a lemony flavour to dishes.
Lemongrass also has a long history in traditional medicine in Cameroon. It is often used to treat digestive problems, fever, colds and other ailments. In traditional medicine, an infusion of lemongrass is often made and taken.
The plant grows best in tropical climates and needs a lot of sunlight and water. In Cameroon, lemongrass is often grown near rivers and watercourses. The plant is usually harvested when it is about one metre high.
Lemongrass is often used in cooking to flavour soups, stews and curries. It can also be added to tea or lemonade for a refreshing lemon flavour. In addition, it is also used in the perfume and cosmetics industry to make essential oils.
In Cameroon and other parts of the world, lemongrass is also used as an insect repellent because of its refreshing and aromatic scent. In many countries, lemongrass oil is used in mosquito repellent products as it is considered a natural and effective protection against mosquito bites.