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Lemongrass Tea

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Lemongrass Tea has a fresh tangy citrus taste while containing no caffeine or calories. Drank for centuries in southeast Asia, it is now becoming a popular beverage in the west. The invigorating taste has made it a real alternative to the morning cup of coffee, awaking and refreshing the body without the energy spike and subsequent lull that is an often a side effect of caffeinated drinks.

As well as being a natural way to wake up the body, it also aids relaxation, it’s freshness cleanses the pallet and helps clear the mind.

When I first started drinking lemongrass tea, there was little or no information available on the subject. There are many different types, from the common mass produced kind you find on the supermarket shelves to the amazing varieties sold in specialist Asian shops and tea emporiums, not to mention what you can create from raw ingredients yourself.

Through research I also discovered that it has many health benefits and can be used to treat a number of ailments.

I am going to use this site to share practical knowledge of lemongrass tea, health benefits, varieties and how to make the perfect cup.

If you enjoy the information and feel you would like to ask or add anything, please visit the Contact Page and send me an email.

Lemongrass Tea

Dried Lemongrass Tea Steeped In A Teapot

What Is Lemongrass Tea?

Not surprisingly, Lemongrass herbal tea is made from Lemongrass (scientific name Cymbopogon citrates). This raw ingredient has many uses.

It is an aromatic tropical plant (or grass) with long slender blades that can grow to a height of 5 ft or 1.5 meters. This fibrous plant that grows naturally in many countries including India, Thailand, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.

Apart form making a delicious drink it has several useful properties including anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and fever-reducing effects. Studies have demonstrated that lemongrass effectively fights over twenty types of bacterial microbes and twelve kinds of harmful fungi. Recently, lemongrass has been found to have anti-mutagenic properties. This means it is able to reverse chemically induced mutations in certain strains of bacteria. In addition, it also has antiseptic, immune-boosting properties, moisturizing, and natural healing properties.

Generally, lemongrass has a lot of uses and benefits that people can enjoy and is widely known for the role it plays in cooking. Most Asian countries use lemongrass as an essential part of their cookery. The stalks of lemongrass can be chopped or pounded for use in cooking. It has a citrus and tangy flavor that goes well in curries, sauces, stir fry, soups, and sea foods.  Current studies show that it has beneficial properties in tom yum soup thought to have immune-boosting tendencies and ability to fight cancer.

Thai Lemongrass Tea

There Are Many Uses For This Unassuming Plant

Lemongrass also has a lot of beneficial uses in the cosmetic world and is popularly known to provide natural benefits to the skin, keeping it healthy and beautiful. The essential oils extracted from lemongrass can be used in different skin care products and facial cosmetics. It is also a very effective cleansing agent because it acts as a natural antiseptic and has become a popular component in many body washes, soaps, and facial cleansers. Its oil can clean the skin and at the same time keeps it soft and smooth. It provides moisturizing properties and is used in lip balms to keep the lips soft and supple. Its natural healing and antiseptic properties treat lip cuts and sores. It also treats acne naturally without drying out the skin. Aside from that, its antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties make lemongrass oil an effective astringent. It also helps contract and shrink the appearance of pores on the face and has the ability to protect the skin against harmful elements. Lemongrass oil is so useful in many types of make-up because it hydrates and keeps the skin smooth.

Lemongrass is also a very effective herbal insect repellant. It has the same properties of citronella grass and can be crushed and rubbed directly on the skin to keep the annoying bugs away. In fact, it is an ingredient in citronella sprays, candles, and soaps.

So much credit must also be given for its big contribution and use as medicine. Its fungicidal properties prevent and cure skin diseases caused by fungi like athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. The oil could also be applied externally to cuts and scrapes and helps treat lower back pains, sciatica, rheumatism, sprains, and circulatory problems. It is also used as a soother of stomach ailments like stomachaches, gas, diarrhea, bowel spasms, and nausea. It is effective if used to suppress coughs and alleviate congestion, as well as treat headaches and flu symptoms. Another contribution that that has made it so popular is its role in lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure.

Making Lemongrass Tea

There are a number of pre-prepared teas widely available from supermarkets and tea stores, these come in both Lemongrass tea bags, which are convenient for making a single cup, and loose dried Lemongrass tea for use in teapots.

What many people do not realise is that is very east to make the tea fresh using just hot water and the raw ingredient.

 

Fresh Lemongrass

It's Easy To Make Tea With Fresh Lemongrass

Simple Quick Lemon Grass Tea Recipe

  1. Cut off the ends of two lemongrass stalks, use a sharp knife on a cutting board.
  2. Using the flat of the knife, compress the stalks so that the fibres inside are crushed.
  3. Cut the stalks in half and put them into a medium sized saucepan.
  4. Cover with a 2-3 cups of water and bring to boil.
  5. Simmer gently on a low heat for 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and pout the mixture through a sieve of tea strainer into a cup or mug.
  7. Leave to cool for a few minutes and enjoy.

If you wish to sweeten the tea, you may add honey or sugar. There are many variations of this recipe that use additional ingredients, try adding some ground cardamom or a cinnamon stick during the boiling process. Grating in some fresh ginger can intensify the refreshing effect.

Many people like to brew Lemongrass Green Tea, a small amount of lose green tea is added to the mixture, this adds a new dimension to the flavour and provides some natural sweetness. Be careful though, green tea contains caffeine.

For a more relaxing tea, add some chamomile and a hint of mint.

Caution, There Are Some Side Effects

Although Lemongrass Tea is extremely good for your health, it does have diuretic properties, in one way this is a good thing because it helps detoxify the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, and digestive tract. Impurities and toxins will be flushed out together with the excess salts that have built up in the system. This then would help your metabolism so you could burn fat easily.

The negative aspect of the diuretic affect is that you may become dehydrated, avoid this by drinking a glass of water for every cup of Lemongrass Tea.

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