(Natural News) Lemongrass is a tropical herb that has a citrus smell and taste. This tall, stalky plant is also known for its medicinal properties. It is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, folate, iron, zinc, potassium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and traces of B vitamins. While it is commonly used in many Asian dishes, it is also typically made into an herbal drink.
Drinking lemongrass tea can give you the following health benefits:
- Detoxification: Drinking lemongrass tea is one way to cleanse the body internally. It can help eliminate toxins and waste products from the body, enhancing the health of the kidneys, bladder, and liver.
- Lowers cholesterol: Drinking lemongrass tea can help lower high cholesterol levels. It does this through its compounds that support healthy cholesterol levels, decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol, and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol.
- Anti-microbial and anti-fungal: Getting infected by pathogens could potentially result in infections, gastrointestinal issues, and other microbial health problems. Drinking lemongrass tea on a regular basis can help prevent infections and diseases as lemongrass can help fight pathogens. It can help prevent infections such as candida, ringworm, scabies, urinary tract infections, and infections from cuts or sores.
- Reduces fever: Lemongrass is also referred to as “fever grass” because of its fever-reducing ability. Therefore, drinking lemongrass tea can naturally and effectively soothe and lower fevers.
- Relieves down cold and flu symptoms: If you have colds, coughs, flu, sinus issues, and bronchial asthma, drink lemongrass tea. Lemongrass also can relieve these respiratory disorders.
- Fights inflammation: Too much inflammation is one main causes of many diseases. It can also worsen aches, pains, and headaches if you already have these. A cup of lemongrass tea can help relieve chronic inflammation and the pain that typically comes with it.
- Relieves insomnia and nervous system problems: Lemongrass has a calming effect. Whenever you find it hard to sleep, drink a cup of lemongrass tea. This can help relieve your nerves and muscles, which helps you have a more peaceful sleep. Lemongrass also supports the health of the nervous system. Drinking lemongrass tea can help fight anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic fatigue.
- Manages blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes: Lemongrass tea can help regulate blood sugar levels because of a compound called citral. Research has shown that this compound can help maintain optimal insulin levels and promote better glucose tolerance in the body. In turn, this can protect against sugar imbalances and Type 2 diabetes. (Related: Drink A Cup of Lemongrass Tea A Day – See What Happens To Your Body.)
- Helps ward off cancer: Many studies have shown that lemongrass can help prevent cancer without harming healthy cells. This benefit can be attributed to its compound known as citral and its ability to fight to fight inflammation. Lemongrass effectively inhibits the growth of cancer cells, at the same time, causing apoptosis or cell death in cancer cells.
Making lemongrass tea
To make lemongrass tea, you will need the following ingredients:
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- 4 cups water
- 2 cups roughly chopped lemongrass stalks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Lime wheels for garnish (optional)
Once you have these ingredients prepared, do the following:
- Boil water over high heat in a medium-sized saucepan.
- Add the lemongrass and boil quickly for five minutes.
- Lower the heat and let the tea simmer for five more minutes.
- Strain the stalks from the liquid.
- Mix the sugar until dissolved. You may also use honey instead of sugar.
- Serve. You can serve it warm or let it chill in the refrigerator and add some ice.
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