Lemongrass is a perennial plant that is native to India and Nepal; it has a light, lemony scent and flavor, with a hint of ginger. Lemongrass is one of the wondrous herbs; it is very useful as medicinal plant and a delicious food flavoring.
Few know that the other name of Lemongrass is citronella, a popular scent in perfume, candles and soaps. Citronella is known for its calming effect that relieves insomnia or stress. It is also popular as a mild insect repellant.
In a study that was conducted it has shown that every 100g of edible lemongrass, when boiled can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene the powerful anti-oxidant that scientist believe can help prevent cancer.
Health Benefits of Lemongrass Tea:
- It contains an antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- It helps to detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract.
- Can help increase breastmilk. It also enhances the quality of milk. This property is very helpful for the lactating mothers and the babies.
- Helps boost the immune system.
- Helps reduce uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats.
- It helps alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis.
- Helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples.
- It helps tone the muscle and tissues.
- Helps in menstrual troubles.
- Helps reduce blood pressure and improve blood circulation.
- Helps reduce cellulite.
- Act as sedative for the central nervous system.
- May help prevent colon cancer.
- Helps reduce fever.
- Help in flatulence and colic.
- Relieves arthritic pain and rheumatism.
How to make Lemongrass Tea:
- Fresh Leaves: Pour 2 cups of water to ¼ cup lemon grass leaves, then boil and simmer for 3minutes. Let is cool and drink.
- Dried Leaves: Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried lemongrass leaves. Steep for 5-10 minutes before drinking.
Lemongrass for Cooking: The leaves and base of lemon grass are used as a food flavoring especially in Southeast Asian dishes. The long thin grey-green leaves are tough and fibrous, the outside leaves and the tips are usually chopped very finely or discarded from the dish before it is served.
Where to Buy? Lemongrass can be purchased in Asian markets and health food stores and comes fresh, dried and powered. You can also grow lemongrass yourself, either indoors or outdoors in a warm climate. Fresh lemon grass is better than powdered or dried and the most potent form is lemongrass essential oil. Essential oils are 70 times more concentrated than their plant counterparts and have been used throughout history for health and wellness.
“This post was originally published on December 30, 2011 @20:52”