The Amazing Health Benefits Of Lemongrass Tea
We can sometimes see lemongrass in the herb section of the supermarket. It looks like a long green stalk with white colored endings. While this herb has been popular in Asia for thousands of years, it is relatively new to North America, where it has been made popular by the many Asian restaurants – particularly Thai restaurants. It is an ingredient in many curries and soups. Asian supermarkets almost always stock it but you can now find it in your local supermarket nowadays.
It is also easy to grow, especially in humid climates, if you like gardening. In fact it is so easy that you could soon have an excess. You can harvest it several times during the growing season. Just cut off the upper part of the leaf and it will grow back easily. The plant has a lovely lemony smell. When you use it in cooking, you usually crush (or bash) it with the blunt end of a knife as this releases its flavor.
It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is also used in the perfume industry. It can be used externally as a poultice for arthritis or sore joints. It is also good for coughs and colds and can also help as part of a dextox program. Sometimes called fevergrass, it is no surprise that this herb can help to reduce fever.
Sometimes this herb can be found in mosquito repellants. It has also antifungal properties. Since many of us have yeast in our bodies – often from a diet of processed foods and sugary drinks, drinking this herbal tea can help us to eliminate yeast infections.
It has also been discovered in Israel that the citral, which is a main property of this lovely herb, can help to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells. However, if you are undergoing cancer treatment, please consult your oncologist or other medical professional for his opinion about lemongrass and not simply go ahead and drink it as it may interact negatively with other medicines and only your doctor would know.
This herbal tea is not only good for many things but it tastes great. It is a most refreshing tea and is great both in the winter and summer. It does not contain caffeine. You can also drink it cold with ice and extra lemon or a hint of a mint leaf. Your guests will love it too. Remember, it is best made from the fresh stalk.