- mildly diuretic
- mildly stimulating to the senses while also causing mental calm
- stimulates perspiration, cooling the body in summer and lowering fevers any time of year.
- mild insect repellent (citronella)
- helps the body burn fats.
- Studies found significant antimicrobial activity which aids in fighting several pathogens such as E.coli and staphylococcus aureus
- has also been used externally for treatment of lice, ringworm, and scabies.