Lemongrass or fevergrass has a fresh, lemony smell and flavor. It is an aromatic herb used in Thai, Malaysian, Indian, and Vietnamese cooking.
It offers several health benefits as it has stimulant, analgesic, diuretic, carminative, antioxidant, antidepressant, inflammatory, antimicrobial, sedative, antispasmodic and anti-cancer properties.
Due to these properties, lemongrass tea can help detoxify the body, aids digestion, treats insomnia, fights infections like cold and flu, relieves nausea, lowers high blood pressure, controls cholesterol levels, lowers uric acid levels, relieves stress, and more.
Furthermore, it can also reduce arthritis pain, and relieve menstrual cramps. Lemongrass tea can induce perspiration and cools the body thus making it a good remedy for reducing fever. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women.
By combining lemongrass with lemon juice, ginger, and spices like cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon, you can enhance its taste and make it even healthier.
Lemon juice boosts immunity, facilitates weight loss, and balances pH levels in the body. Meanwhile, ginger imparts strong flavor and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Cinnamon controls blood sugar, thereby making it beneficial for diabetics. Cardamom and cloves aid digestion, promote heart health and beat bad breath. Furthermore, all these spices also boost brainpower and improve circulation.
How To Make A Homemade Spiced Lemongrass Tea
Things you will need:
Dried lemongrass herb
What to do:
- Heat 2 cups of water in a pan and add 2 teaspoons of dried lemongrass. Grate a 1/2-inch piece of ginger into the mixture and then add a small piece of cinnamon stick and 2 cloves.
- De-seed 2 cardamoms and add them to the solution. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for a few minutes. Strain it and squeeze some lemon juice in it. Sweeten it with 1 teaspoon of honey.
- Your spiced lemongrass tea is now ready! You can drink it daily in the evening.
- The recipe above makes 2 cups of tea. To make 1 cup, reduce the quantity of each ingredient by half.
- In order to make this drink healthier, add ½ to 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses to a cup of your lemongrass tea.
- When using this herb for culinary purposes, you can blend it with coconut milk.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day to help this detox tea eliminate toxins
- Instead of the dried herb, you can also use fresh lemongrass stalks. Its flavor blends well with ginger, lemon, and cucumber.
- This tea can stimulate contractions, thereby must not be recommended for pregnant women. Likewise, small children should not also drink this tea. A person suffering from liver or kidney problems should consult his/her doctor before drinking this tea.