This medicinal herb is indigenous to Asia, Africa & Australia. It has the fragrance of lemon but is milder and sweeter in taste. I am talking about Lemongrass. What did you think?!
The citrusy flavours of lemongrass (also called Fever grass) can be beautifully blended into a delicious cup of herbal tea.
Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.
Cleanses and Detoxifies
The diuretic nature of lemongrass helps remove toxins, uric acid and bad cholesterol from the body by increasing the frequency and quantity of urination. It also helps purify the liver, kidneys, bladder and pancreas.
To-Do: Blend 2 cups of chopped lemongrass with 3 cups of water until the mix is green and frothy. Strain the mix, chill and garnish with honey and mint for a lemongrass cooler to flush your system this summer. Alternatively, you can brew the grass in boiling water to make a steaming cup of tea.
Fights Depression & Exhaustion
The antidepressant properties of lemongrass aid the treatment of depression. The herb activates the release of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that combats depression. Lemongrass relieves anxiety, boosts self-esteem, uplifts spirits, gives confidence and improves mental strength.
Lemongrass also contains citronella, which is well known for its calming effect on the mind and body. It also helps you to sleep better.
To-Do: Drink a cup of lemongrass tea every day, to keep calm and cool.
Keeps Skin Healthy
Lemongrass has antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties, which help limit microbial growth on the skin. This in turn keeps your skin free of infections. It’s a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which improves the blood circulation, clears up your skin, reduces oiliness and works wonders for acne, pimples and eczema.
To-Do: Mix half a cup of freshly sliced lemongrass in one cup of olive oil and heat it for five minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool before applying on skin.
Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. It has antiseptic compounds that effectively kill bad bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract thus increasing the good bacteria in the colon. This in turn reduces indigestion, constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps. Lemongrass has antimicrobial properties that help relieve gastroenteritis.
Reduces Arthritic Pains
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of lemongrass, reduces joint pain, by suppressing the enzyme that causes pain. It relaxes cramped muscles, which further eases pain due to arthritis, osteoporosis & rheumatism.
To-Do: Mix 10ml of lemongrass oil with 25ml of coconut oil and rub the affected area with this mix. Leave it for 4-5 hours and wash off with warm water. Additionally, you may also drink lemongrass tea twice a day for better results.
Lemongrass has anti-cholesterol properties that reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the intestines. It helps in the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerotic plaque buildup.
To-Do: For a tasty twist to regular rice; add a handful of chopped lemongrass to the rice when it’s cooking. You can also use it to garnish your salads and curries.
Banishes Colds and Flu
The antibacterial properties of Lemongrass along with its high Vitamin C content give your immunity the strength to fight off infections. Lemongrass is effective in breaking down mucus and phlegm build-up caused by congestion of colds, coughs and the flu.
To-Do: Boil some fresh lemongrass along with a few cloves, a pinch of turmeric and tulsi leaves. This simple concoction effectively breaks down mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract.
Benefits New Mothers
Lemongrass is highly beneficial for new mothers who are breastfeeding. It has galactogogue properties that increase breast milk production. Its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties also help the babies remain healthy and free from infections.
To-Do: Lactating mothers may drink one to two cups of lemongrass tea every day.
Caution: Lemongrass should be avoided during pregnancy.
Relieves Menstrual Pain
Lemongrass tea provides relief from hot flushes and reduces menstrual pain due to its soothing effect. It is an excellent boost to women’s menstrual woes.
Go ahead, grow this power grass in the comfort of your home and reap its benefits all year round!