Cymbopogon citratus also known as Lemongrass is an herb which belongs to the grass family of Poaceae.
It is well known and utilized for its distinct lemon flavor and citrusy aroma.
It is a tall, perennial grass which is native to India and tropical regions of Asia.
Lemon Grass is a plant, smells like lemon, but it tastes milder and sweeter.
The leaves and the oil, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various medicine treatments.
Also this herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor.
Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of :
Vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese and B vitamins.
What Are the Health Benefits of Lemon Grass and How to Use It
Lemongrass is Used for Treating:
- Cleanse and Detox
- Arthritis Pain
- For Healthy Skin
- Body Odor
- Digestive tract spasms
- High blood pressure
- Achy joints (rheumatism)
- The common cold
- It is also used to Kill germs and as a mild astringent.
1. Some people apply lemongrass and its essential oil directly to the skin for headache, stomachache, abdominal pain, and muscle pain.
2. By inhalation, the essential oil of lemongrass is used as aromatherapy for muscle pain.
3. In food and beverages, lemongrass is used as a flavoring. For example, lemongrass leaves are commonly used as “lemon” flavoring in herbal teas.
4. In manufacturing, lemongrass is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Lemongrass is also used in making vitamin A and natural citral.
How does it work?!
Traditionally consumed as an herbal tea, lemongrass has been recommended by practitioners of traditional medicine for many different ailments. Modern research suggests that it may have significant health benefits.
Lemongrass might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast. Also contains substances that are thought to relieve pain, reduce fever, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and have antioxidant properties.
Compounds in lemongrass also have properties that might help lower your risk of developing cancer. Several laboratory studies confirmed that lemongrass components could prevent growth of cancer cells.
According to a study in the October 2009 components of lemongrass might also have a sedative effect, increasing the time you stay asleep. In addition, lemongrass may have anti-inflammatory properties that help suppress the activity of cyclooxygenase-2, an enzyme involved in inflammation that can cause pain in disorders such as arthritis, although these and other potential benefits still need further study.
Fresh lemongrass is available at some specialty grocery stores or health food stores. You can brew a tea by bending and tying two lemongrass stalks with twine, then placing them in a cup and steeping them with boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until the tea becomes golden brown in color.
Dried lemongrass is also available in ready-to-use tea bags from some stores. Lemongrass tea is generally considered safe and without side effects, although you should avoid it if you’re pregnant. It might also interact with some medicines, including chemotherapy drugs.
Addictive Fresh Lemon Grass Tea Recipe:
- 4 cups Water
- 2 cups roughly chopped Lemongrass Stalks
- ¼ cup sugar
- Lime wheels for garnish (optional)
- Bring the water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
- Add the lemongrass and boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer the tea for an additional 5 minutes.
- Strain the stalks from the liquid. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
- Serve warm, or chill in the refrigerator and pour over ice. Serves:8 servings