Lemongrass is a fibrous plant which naturally grows in many countries. The lemon grass is a perennial plant that is commonly found in India and Nepal and other parts of Asia such as China, Japan and the Philippines. It has similar scent to lemon as well as flavor similar to a mixture of the light hint of ginger and lemon. This taste and scent is attributed basically to the family of plants it belongs. It is commonly called lemon grass and few know about its other name: citronella.
Industries that make soaps, perfumes, and aromatic oils as well as food industries and the health sectors have recognized the health benefits of lemon grass. This grass has been found to be very useful in the field of medicine and cuisine.
The health benefits of lemon grass have drawn the attention of many, and the easiest way to savor the scent and flavor of this magical grass is to make a decoction. Boiling the grass at certain proportions will open the door to the various health benefits of lemon grass tea. Lemongrass tea has a fresh lemon scent and flavor and has been used for many years in traditional Chinese medicine to cure and prevent a number of health problems. Interestingly, studies have revealed that only few amount of the lemon grass can prevent the many health problems we have today. Citral is the main element in lemongrass, which gives it its fresh lemon scent that can repel insects. Now, anyone can enjoy the benefits of the lemon grass tea by following the proportion of 1 gram lemon grass to a cup of hot water.
Studies in Israel at Ben Gurion University have found that daily intake of 1,000 mg of citral represses cancer cells and helps battle depression. Each 100 g of edible lemon grass can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene, an amount that was found out to be effective in preventing and fighting cancer. This was proven by recent studies showing that one of the most significant benefits of lemon grass tea is its capability of being an antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals before they can damage cells and cause cancer and other degenerative disorders.
Anyone, children or adults experiencing simple health problems such as common cold and flu, cramps, flatulence and arthritic pains can easily be relieved by drinking lemon grass tea. Among the benefits of lemongrass tea are the relief of poor digestion, stomach aches, gas, bowel spasms, and diarrhea. It is said to be a mild sedative by calming nerves. Because it contains vitamin A, it can be helpful in keeping the eyes and skin healthy. A pinch of pepper in a cup of lemon grass tea can relieve nausea. Another benefit of lemon grass tea is the promotion of perspiration which can literally lower fever. It may also help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Among the other health benefits of the lemon grass tea includes the following:
- Antibacterial and antifungal property
- Detoxifies liver pancreas, kidneys, bladder and digestive tract
- Boosts immune system
- Reduces uric acid, cholesterol, and excess fats
- Alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis
- Helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples
- Helps tone the muscle and tissues
- Helps in menstrual troubles
- Helps reduce blood pressure and improve blood circulation
- Helps reduce cellulite
- Acts as sedative for the central nervous system
- Helps prevent colon cancer
- Helps in reducing fevers
- Helps in flatulence and colic
- Relieves arthritic pain and rheumatism
The abovementioned health problems can now be treated with a very simple home-made remedy. With just one cup, be relieved from all these health problems and enjoy the countless benefits of lemon grass tea.