August 19, 2016

The Health Benefits of Lemongrass

The Health Benefits of Lemongrass 72Today people all over the world are becoming more and more aware of the benefits of the herbal plant: lemongrass. Most of us know the lemongrass as a kind of spice used in cooking. In the past it was mostly used in Asian countries to spice up their foods. However, the lemongrass is becoming very popular worldwide, not only as a culinary ingredient, but also as a health drink. The lemongrass teas are on the menus of many restaurants around the world.
So, what are the reasons behind this growing craze for the lemongrass teas? They are not only refreshing and pleasant to drink, but are also packed with nutrients and properties that benefit the health. The lemongrass is a rich source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium,  phosphorous, calcium  and manganese. It also has minute traces of vitamin B.
The lemongrass has many medicinal properties including: analgesic, anti- inflammatory, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, carminative, diuretic, insecticidal, sedative and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulbs of of the lemongrass are used in various treatments. The medicinal benefits are so great and diverse that they are widely used in alternative  or complementary medicines.
The Health Benefits
As there are various medicinal properties, the lemongrass is packed with many health benefits. According to the Top 10 Home Remedies, the health benefits are as follows:—
1. Helps Digestion. Lemongrass tea helps treat digestive healths like indigestion, constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps.
For a healthy digestive tract, drink lemongrass tea on regular basis. However, it is not recommended for small children.
2. Controls Cholesterol Levels. Lemongrass tea helps to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) level  and also helps to lower blood pressure.
Drink a cup of lemongrass tea everyday and it will help lower your bad cholesterol level and blood pressure. It would reduce the risks of heart diseases and strokes.
3. Cleanse and Detoxifies. Drinking lemongrass tea helps cleanse and detoxify the body. As the lemongrass increases the frequency and quantity of urination, it helps to remove toxins, uric acids and bad cholesterols from the body. Urination also clean out the kidneys. The cleansing properties of the lemongrass tea also help purify the liver, kidneys, bladders and pancreas. It also increases the blood circulation, which is important for the overall health.
Drink lemongrass tea on a regular basis to help your body to get rid of harmful elements.
4. Heals Colds and Flu. The properties of the lemongrass help your body to cope with cough, fever and other cold and flu symptoms. As it is loaded with vitamin C, it boosts your immune system to fight the infection. It is also effective in breaking down mucus and phlegm buildup, which can alleviate problems with breathing. Beneficial for those suffering from bronchitis and asthma. To make a medicinal drink with lemongrass:–
l   Boil a few stalks of lemongrass, 2 or 3 cloves, a small piece of cinnamon, 1
tea spoon of turmeric powder in a cup of milk.
l    Strain and drink it when it cools down.
Drink once a day for a few days.
5. Fights Cancer. Researches have shown that lemongrass tea can help fight cancers. A component found in lemongrass can cause the cancer cells to die out without  damaging the healthy cells.
To help the healing process, cancer patients in Israel are encouraged to drink lemongrass tea while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
6. Reduces Arthritis Pain. Lemongrass helps treat arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, gout and other types of joint pains. It also alleviates muscle spasms or spasms, which in turn reduces the pain-related symptoms.
l  Mix lemongrass oil with coconut oil in 1:2 ratio and rub it on the affected area.
Leave it for a few hours before  rinsing it off. Do this daily for a few weeks.
l  You can also drink lemongrass tea twice daily for best results.
7. Benefits New Mothers.  Lemongrass tea helps increase breast milk production. It also helps keep the baby healthy and free from infections.
Breast-feeding mothers can drink one to two cups of lemongrass tea daily, but should avoid during pregnancy.
8. Fights Depression. The antidepressant properties of lemongrass tea help treat depression. It relieves anxiety, boosts self esteem, uplifts spirits, gives confidence and improves mental strength.
Drink a cup of lemongrass tea whenever you feel depressed or have a low mood. It helps you to keep calm and cool and also helps you to sleep better.
9. Reduces Body Odor. Diluted lemongrass oil is an effective deodorant. It is better than any deodorant on the market.
10. Keeps Skin Healthy. It is also beneficial for the skin. It can alleviate various skin issues. You can either use lemongrass oil by diluting with water or another base, such as olive oil or mix one-half cup of freshly sliced lemongrass in a cup of olive oil and heat for five minutes and apply when it is cooled.
The Side Effects
According to WebMD, the lemongrass is LIKELY SAFE for people when used in food amounts and POSSIBLY SAFE to take by mouth or applied to the skin, short-term, for medicinal purpose. However, there have been some toxic side effects such as lung problems after inhaling lemongrass leaves and a fatal poisoning after a child swallowed a lemongrass oil-based insecticide. It is LKELY UNSAFE to take by mouth during pregnancy.
(Avoid smelling lemongrass leaves and keep away lemongrass oils from the children.)
How Should it be Consumed?
The best way to consume the lemongrass, other than as a culinary ingredient, is as tea. Here, I would like to clear a common misconception of tea, which I noticed most of us are confused. Tea doesn’t necessarily mean it must contain any tea leaf, either green or black. The term tea stand for any leaf, flower, root or bulb brewed with water. I’m emphasizing this fact because I had came across some who mixed green tea  to prepare lemongrass tea or any other herbal tea. That may be more potent as the green tea has many health benefits of it’s own. However, the taste may not be as pleasant as the pure lemongrass tea.
So, the best way to prepare the lemongrass tea would be to boil three bulbs of the plant, without the leaves, either crushed or sliced, in a litre of water. When the water comes to a rolling boil, wait a few minutes before taking the pot off the heat. Sift the boiled lemongrass tea and add pure honey or sugar to taste and drink it either hot or chilled. Honey is more preferable. A squeeze of lime or lemon would add more refreshing flavour or zest to the drink. I guarantee that it would do you good and the cost is low and so easy to prepare that everyone can do it themselves. Some juiced the lemongrass and drink it as a juice, but I wouldn’t recommend that, as it would be too hot and sear the throat.
I had recommended many people to drink the lemongrass tea and received positive feedbacks. Most of the feedbacks were related to the relief of the indigestions, bloating and flatulences. As there are no known serious side effects we should drink a cup of lemongrass tea everyday. It would keep stomachs discomfort-free. One person said, even if you do not take into consideration the benefits that it is said to provide, the lemongrass tea is a very tasty, refreshing and pleasant drink that is worth drinking.
If possible you should grow your own organic lemongrass. It wouldn’t need much land space or any at all, as you can grow them in a flower pot or even in an old plastic bucket. You can grow them on the veranda if you live in a highrise building. A small sapling will become a clump of lemongrass in no time and if properly maintained you will never be out of supply. By that way you can also be sure that they are really organic and safe for consumption.
My advice to you is not to over-indulge, use your discretion and stay safe, in consuming lemongrass for medicinal purpose. However, from my experience, drinking a cup of lemongrass tea everyday day would be harmless and beneficial to the health.


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