Lemongrass tea has been known as being potent for its sedative, diuretic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
Lemongrass tea comes from the perennial herb native to southeast Asia that has robust and globular stalks and broad, scented leaf lades. It grows in clusters and reaches up to a height of six feet and a width of about four feet. Lemongrass is a natural aromatic source and is widely used as a decorative and a medicinal plant.
The lemongrass plant is widely used as an input to many southeast Asian dishes due to its distinctive lemony aroma and flavor. The popularity of lemongrass has reached fever pitch in America as Thai cuisine has permeated the mainstream culinary scene. Dishes like the tom yam gung soup uses lemongrass to enhance its flavor. Lemongrass is also used to make drinks and other herbal medications.
The lemongrass plant is likewise grown for purposes of oil refinement. The lemongrass oil is used as massage or aromatherapy accompaniment in spas. In addition, lemongrass is also used as an insect repellant.
The chemical citral is the major ingredient found in all varieties of lemongrass essential oils. The other major constituents of lemongrass include limonene, linalool, nerol and myrcene.
The health benefits of lemongrass tea may be derived through lemongrass tea. To make the tea, simply place about a tablespoon of the lemongrass herbs in a regular cup of newly-boiled water and let the mix stand for about five minutes. Strain the herbs and enjoy the tea. The leftover lemongrass may be added to stir fry dishes or marinade.
Lemongrass tea may also be enjoyed cold and iced. Sugar may be added to enhance the taste.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help in reducing excess fats, uric acid and cholesterol.
- May help alleviate indigestion and gastroenteritis.
- May help in reducing fever.
- May help detoxify the liver, kidneys, pancreas and the bladder.
- May help relieve menstrual problems.
- May help in relieving headaches.
- May help strengthen the immune system.
- Holds promise in the prevention of certain forms of cancer, especially those afflicting the colon.
- May help relieve pain from arthritis and rheumatism.