Lemongrass For Inflammation

Inflammation is our body’s natural response to injury and illness. It has two types: acute inflammation (it helps us heal) and chronic inflammation (one of several contributing factors in disease onset and progression) (1).

In research, evidence showed that there is an association between chronic inflammation and a wide variety of serious conditions. Chronic inflammation plays a major role in a number of health conditions including, heart diseases, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer (2).

How does Lemongrass May help With Inflammation?

Sometimes referred to as citronella, lemongrass is a plant with a fresh, lemony aroma and a citrus flavor. It contains inflammation-fighting compounds that can help fight against free radicals, thus reducing the incidence of inflammation in the body. These components include chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin (3).

The plant has been traditionally used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Citral, another natural plant compound in lemongrass, was also found to possess anti-inflammatory effects. Furthermore, it has quercetin, a flavonoid also known to exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. This plant pigment might help reduce swelling, kill cancer cells, control blood sugar, and help prevent heart disease (4,5).

In a mini-review about the biological properties of this culinary herb, it was revealed that the ani inflammatory properties of lemongrass were attributed to the presence of compounds citral and geranial which help in preventing the release of certain inflammation-causing markers in our body (6,7).

Here’s How To Make Lemongrass Tea At Home:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of lemongrass
  • 1 tbsp honey (Optional)

Procedure:

Simply rinse fresh lemongrass with water. Cut them into small pieces and then grind them with the help of a grinding stone. Place a saucepan on heat, pour water, and bring it to a boil. Add small pieces of lemongrass into the water, and let it boil for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and serve hot. Some honey can be added to sweeten it.

Sources:

  1. https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-inflammation-187934
  2. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0675-0
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321969#benefits
  4. https://www.webmd.com/diet/lemongrass-health-benefits#1
  5. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-294/quercetin
  6. https://www.heighpubs.org/hjcee/acee-aid1022.php
  7. http://www.ifrj.upm.edu.my/21%20(02)%202014/4%20IFRJ%2021%20(02)%202014%20043.pdf

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