However, in recent times, lemongrass tea has gained immense popularity among westerners for its medicinal properties. This tall perennial grass is easy to grow, which is why you can make it a regular kitchen garden plant. Let's see what are the benefits of lemongrass tea.
Lemongrass is also antibacterial and antifungal in nature, which makes it an effective remedy for a wide variety of complaints. It provides relief from nausea, severe menstrual cramps and acts as a diuretic too.The health benefits stretch to detoxification of liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and the digestive tract.
Interestingly, this tea benefits in acne prevention and in dealing with other skin problems too. Studies have shown that drinking lemongrass tea on a regular basis, prevents the skin from developing any acne or pimples. This is true, as acne is a result of bacteria, and the anti-bacterial nature of the tea, helps the skin to look good and feel good.
- Clumps of lemongrass
- Water, 1 cup
- Milk, if desired
- Sugar or honey, as per taste
- Peel the outer layer of the leaves and discard them. The outer layers, will give your tea a bitter taste.
- Boil the water and add the clumps of peeled leaves to it.
- Let the water boil on a slow heat for twenty minutes. This extracts all the essence of the leaves.
- Add sweetener and boil it for another 5 minutes. If you want, you can add some milk at this point.
- Remove from the stove, strain it in a cup and drink it hot.
You can also serve iced lemongrass tea. Go along with the suggested recipe, let it cool and serve it with ice. If you are making lemongrass iced tea, refrain from adding milk.
Avoid drinking lemongrass tea in excess as it tends to increase body heat. If you are suffering from any ailment, make sure you consult a doctor, before you start consuming this herbal tea. In case you feel any side effect after drinking this tea, immediately stop taking it. Also, lemongrass tea during pregnancy isn't a good idea, so avoid completely.
There is a plethora of lemongrass uses. This folk medicine has to have some truth as it has been used for so many years. To make a start, combat the cold, with a cuppa lemongrass tea.