Tanglad is an herb popolar for its citrus flavor with a trace of ginger. Tanglad is widely used in cooking served to spice various Asian cuisines from Thai to Filipino dishes. Tanglad has been traditionally used in folkloric herbal medicine to treat various medical condition including rheumatism, fever, acne, anxiety and many others.
Tanglad (Cymbopogon citratus), is a native herb from warm regions such as India, Philippines and Malaysia, is widely used in Asian cooking and is an ingredient in many Thai and Vietnamese foods. Tanglad use in cooking has become popular in the Caribbean and in the United States for its aromatic citrus flavor with a trace of ginger.
Tanglad is a member of a specie of grass that grows to as high as 1 meter with leaves of 1 to 1.5 centimeters in width that grows from a stalk of about 30 to 80 cm long with bulbous lower end.
Tanglad is a perennial and tufted grass that is commercially cultivated in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and China. tanglad is also cultivated in United States specifically in California and Florida. Propagation is by dividing the root clumps.
Tanglad oil has a lemony, sweet smell and is dark yellow to amber and reddish in color that is extracted by distillation. Tanglad is also known as ‘choomana poolu’ and is also referred to as ‘Indian Verbena’ or ‘Indian M`elissa oil’. tanglad oil is a valuable ingredient in cosmetics, perfumes and as fragrances for soaps and insect repellants.
Tanglad is reportedly has a wide variety of therapeutic application and health benefits. With limited research and studies conducted on humans, tanglad’s effectiveness is based mainly on the results from animal and laboratory studies as well as its reputation as a folk remedy.
Tanglad Traditional Medicinal Uses:
Tanglad is largely used in traditional herbal medicine for various conditions.
Tanglad as herbal Tea: (Taken 1 cup every 8 hours)
- for gastrointestinal problems stomachaches,
- diarrhea, gas, bowel spasms, vomiting,
- fever, the flu, and headaches
Tanglad oil mixed with other essential oils such as coconut oil is used as a liniment for:
- back pains,
- neuralgia, sprains and
- other body pains.
Tanglad oil mixed with other essential oils such as lavender or jasmine oil:
- used in baths or vapor scents, can revitalize the body and relieve the symptoms of jet lag, headaches, anxiety and stress related exhaustion.
Tanglad is used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat fevers and infectious illnesses.
Tanglad is also used in Chinese medicine to treat colds and rheumatism.