Last week when we went on a drive to Valparai, I found wild lemongrass and I was very happy. Wild lemongrass has a strong beautiful smell. I have been reading about the benefits of lemongrass tea and even one of our relatives, who drinks this tea regularly was urging me to try it for a long time. When I first made it, I was so happily surprised at how good it tasted. I am so hooked on to this lemongrass tea, that I have started growing lemongrass in my garden. Lemongrass tea has a long list of health benefits, if consumed regularly: 1. Lemongrass tea For Weight Loss: Drinking lemongrass tea is a natural way to lose weight. Lemongrass tea helps in proper assimilation of food and has few calories. It is one of the best replacements for sugary drinks during weight loss. 2. Lemongrass Tea For Cold & Flu: There is no other drink as comforting as lemongrass tea made with ginger when we suffer from cold and flu. It also treats headache and body pain when we suffer from cold and flu. 3. Lemongrass Tea For Sleep: People who suffer from insomnia will greatly benefit, if they take this tea before going to bed. Ginger and lemongrass is a magic combination that gives a restful sleep. 3. Lemongrass Tea For Hair: Left over lemongrass tea can be used as a final hair rinse. Lemon grass treats scalp infections and it is also ideal for people who suffer from sinus infection when they have hair wash. 4. Lemongrass Tea For Acne: Regular consumption of this tea, helps people who suffer from acne.It also improves the skin tone. 5. Lemongrass Tea For UTI: Lemongrass tea treats all the infections of the urinary tract. One of the first advise given to people who suffer from urinary tract infection is to drink lots of water and especially herbal teas like lemongrass will flush out the infections very fast. 7. Lemongrass Tea For Candida: The anti fungal properties of lemongrass make it an ideal remedy for candida. When undergoing treatment make sure to drink this lemongrass tea regularly. 8. Lemongrass Tea For Constipation: Lemongrass tea keeps the body hydrated and it also regulates the intestinal functions thus treating constipation. Lemon tea also aids in digestion and the antioxidants in the tea helps to keep our body healthy. To make this tea, take lemongrass and cut the bottom fleshy part into small pieces. Pound the cut pieces and ginger in a mortar and pestle. Boil water and add the pounded mixture, let it boil till the color of the water changes. Remove, strain and add honey and drink it warm. Lemongrass and ginger are a match made in heaven and I strongly insist that you try this lemongrass tea at home.
1. Cut the required amount of lemongrass. Since I got it from the wild, the stems are very thin, but the smell is very very strong.
2. Cut the white bottom part of the lemon grass into small pieces. Take the required amount of ginger and remove the skin.
3. Pound the lemongrass and ginger in a mortar and pestle. Don’t pound it too finely.
4. Boil water, once it boils add the pounded mixture.
5. Once the color of the water changes and the whole kitchen is filled with lemongrass aroma remove and strain. Add honey to taste. Voila! Your lemongrass tea is ready!
- Always use fresh lemongrass stems while making this tea.
- It tastes very good, even without honey.