LEMONGRASS / lem-in gras / n / 1. Also known as Cymbopogon citratus, a perennial plant with long, slender leaves assembled on three- to five-foot-tall stalks native to India and Southeast Asia; / n / 2. A finely chopped citrus-y spice commonly used in Vietnamese cuisine; / n / 3. An essential oil with a sweet, fresh scent that’s popular in aromatherapy to soothe headaches, anxiety, depression, and jet lag; / n / 4. A topical elixir known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and astringent properties that can treat oily skin and acne; / n / 5. A natural hair serum that promotes brilliance and shine, e.g. “Stay calm, get shiny strands, and carry on with lemongrass.”
Try it: Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray with Lemongrass Extract, $36, available November 2012 at www.oribe.com.
Photo: Steve Eichner