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lemongrass teaA refreshing beverage, Lemongrass tea can be enjoyed by your entire family. With culinary and medicinal uses, lemongrass helps maintain health and treat anxiety, colds and mild digestive conditions.


Properties

Indigenous to Asia, Africa and India, Cymbopogon citratus or Lemongrass, has been utilized for its tangy-spice flavor in Thai and Indian cuisines. The perennial herb thrives in tropical climates; resilient, it is currently grown in clusters around the world, including the United States. As an addition to your garden, this herb naturally repels mosquitoes with its distinct and powerful aroma.

Extracted through a processes of steaming the leaves, which contain medicinal properties, lemongrass essential oil can be used in aromatherapy, massage or ingested in a diluted form.

Most known for its general calming effects on the body, lemongrass can induce sedative and analgesic effects. Herbal tea benefits can be attributed to anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and diuretic properties.

Applications

Lemongrass treats symptoms such as:

lemongrass teaLemongrass can also ease digestive issues such as general stomachaches, flatulence, cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Alone or combined with other pungent herbs such as red pepper and ginger, a lemongrass herbal tea is an effective remedy for congested sinuses.

Initial studies suggest lemongrass may aid liver and pancreas function, enabling cholesterol control; in addition, the presence of antioxidants may help prevent cancer.

Homemade lemongrass herbal tea can be prepared a few different ways. Most simple, steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried or ¼ cup of fresh lemongrass in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes.

Although you can buy lemongrass teabags, “loose leaf” preparations yield a more balanced, natural flavor. Using lemongrass grown in your garden involves extra preparation. While wearing gloves to prevent cuts from the external layer of the plant:

You can add milk, sugar or honey to taste. Leftover lemongrass can be stored in the refrigerator and later used to marinate meat or fish.

Served cold, you can also prepare lemongrass in a base of regular English tea and sweeten with honey.

Remove from stove-top and let the infusion cool at least 3 hours; for optimum flavor, place in the refrigerator overnight. Next to water, tea is the most widely-consumed beverage. Infusing regular or herbal tea from fresh leaves yields the most benefits and highest quality taste. Lemongrass tea can serve as an overall tonic to maintain health, treat conditions such as arthritic pain, congestion, fever and anxiety, as well as relieve digestive symptoms.


Facts About Tea From the Camellia Sinensis Plant

(These are not herbal teas but offer many benefits)

One of the oldest and most common beverages, tea is consumed in almost every culture.

Obtained from the same plant, the four primary types of tea are:

Tea is rich in antioxidants and catechins, both essential for immune health. An effective weight loss aid, lemongrass tea increases thermogenesis and acts as a natural diuretic. Tisanes or herbal tea can be made from fruit, botanicals and herbs chosen for flavor and/or medicinal purposes.

Homemade teas and herbal teas provide an effective method of obtaining the most nutrients and highest quality flavor.



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