Lemongrass is a medicinal herb indigenous to Asia, Africa & Australia. Used as flavoring for food vastly in South East Asia, this unassuming member of the grass family, smells of lemons and is packed with health benefits.A plant that can easily be grown at home, it thrives in sunlight and water keeps mosquitoes at bay, grows all year round, and is a tasty healthy addition to your diet.
Here are some amazing health benefits of lemongrass:
1 . Boosts Immunity
Regular consumption of lemongrass is known to boost immunity as it’s packed with Vitamin C that helps keep cold, cough, and fevers at bay. Keeps the skin free from infections, and aids digestion and excretion.
-Start the day with lemongrass tea; add one handful of chopped fresh lemongrass to 500 ml of water.
-Boil until water is reduced and green in colour, add a pinch of tea leaves, boil for 1-2 minutes and add honey for taste.
2 . Reduces Arthritic Pain
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of lemongrass reduce joint pain, by suppressing the enzyme that causes pain. Lemongrass also relaxes cramped muscles, which helps further ease pain due to arthritis, osteoporosis & rheumatism.
-Mix 10ml of lemongrass oil with 25ml of coconut oil and rub the affected area with this mix.
-Leave on for 4-5 hours and wash with warm water.
3 . Helps Digestion
The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties of lemongrass reduce infections of the digestive tract; aid the regrowth of the good bacteria in the intestines. It combats acidity, heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and gastroenteritis.
-For best effects use 2-3 full leaves, with the bulbs and boil with 750 ml of water, until froth appears on the surface, cool this mix, add honey to taste.
4 . Aids Kidney Function
Lemongrass is diuretic in nature; it helps the kidneys flush out toxins from the body, by increasing the frequency of urination and breaking down uric acid in the body. Its increases blood circulation, cleanses the pancreas, liver, bladder and kidneys.
-Blend 2 cups of chopped lemongrass with 3 cups of water until the mix is green and froth.
-Strain the mix, chill and garnish with honey and mint for a lemongrass cooler to flush your system this summer.
5 . Reduces Cholesterol
Lemongrass has anti-cholesterol properties which reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed by the intestines. It also helps reduce the formation of plaque in arteries, reduces the amount of fat that is absorbed in the blood. Lemongrass is also high in potassium which regulates blood pressure.
-Add a handful of chopped lemongrass to rice when it’s cooking for a tasty healthy twist to regular rice.
-You can also use it to garnish your dishes and reap the health benefits.
Lemongrass has many benefits and can be consumed everyday without any side effects. Small children should not be given lemongrass. So go ahead grow a plant in your home and enjoy fresh lemongrass all year round and reap its many benefits.Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!