Lemongrass has been known as one of the many “super herbs” that possess amazing healing capabilities. It has a distinct lemon flavor and citrusy aroma. Also known as Cymbopogon citratus, this herb has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties as well as antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic compounds that are responsible for its array of medicinal benefits.
Our forefathers have been using lemongrass for so many years to treat various health problems including premenstrual syndrome, fever, malaria, bloating, fungal infections and most importantly, it can help improve vision.
Since this herb contains vitamin A, it can help assist in keeping our eyes in optimal health. Aside from having an important role in our defense mechanisms, vitamin A also helps maintain our retina’s health and performs a crucial role synthesis of rod cells that are required in order for the eyes to function in poor-lighting circumstances.
Based on the result of a study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of America, lemongrass is so rich in beta-carotene, which is important for eye health and can help treat blurred vision or short-sightedness.
Furthermore, in a study performed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), experts have found that lemongrass can possibly be used as a topical eye medication against keratomycosis which is a fungal infection of the cornea often associated with inflammation and blurring vision.
Lemongrass Tea Recipe
Drinking a cup of lemongrass tea is one way of improving our eye health. Follow the steps below on how to make your own lemongrass tea at home.
4 cups of water
2 cups roughly chopped
- Bring the water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
- Add the lemongrass and boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer the tea for an additional 5 minutes.
- Strain the liquid from the stalks and pour into a teacup
- Adding ice cubes will create a cold lemongrass tea. The tea has a fresh, citrusy taste and can be added into our diet over the next days.
Aside from tea, lemongrass can also be used in soups, poultry, beef and seafood dishes in its fresh, powdered or dried format.