Top 8 Reasons You Need More Lemongrass In Your Diet
Lemongrass is a tall, stalky plant with a strong citrus flavour and super fresh aroma. Both the stem and the leaves of the lemongrass plant are widely used for culinary and cosmetic purposes. Our favourite way to use this fragrant plant is to add flavour and aroma in teas, stews, Thai curries and more.
But there’s a lot more to lemongrass than just fragrance and flavour. It is loaded with health benefits: here are the top 8 ones.
1. Great for Digestion
Did you know that drinking a cup of lemongrass tea after dinner can help you digest food better? Lemongrass keeps the digestive system in check and soothes an upset stomach.
2. Full of Antioxidants
Antioxidants fight disease-causing free radicals, linked to diabetes, heart ailments and cancer. Lemongrass is rich in antioxidants and also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Boosts Immunity and Fights Flu
Lemongrass is rich in Vitamin C which boosts our immunity. It has both antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help fight cold, flu and cough. Drink a hot cup of lemongrass tea for relief from congestion.
4. Reduces Cholesterol
Lemongrass has terpenoid compounds which can decrease cholesterol levels in our blood. If your cholesterol levels are on the higher side, including a cup of lemongrass tea in your daily diet can curb the long term effects of cholesterol.
5. Reduces Bloating
Weight plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and it’s always better to keep it in check. Lemongrass is a natural diuretic which means it helps your body get rid of salt and water. So if you drink enough of it you are likely to lose some weight!
6. Regulates High Blood Pressure
100gms of lemongrass has a 15gm potassium content. Potassium helps flush out extra sodium from our bodies and eases the tension in our blood vessels. That is why lemongrass tea is recommended for adults with high pressure.
7. Relieves Menstrual Pain
Lemongrass is known to ease menstrual pain naturally. It is a natural sedative and produces a calming effect which alleviates pain and cramps. Add a pinch of pepper to a cup of water and boil it. Pour this over one tablespoon lemongrass leaves and sip it two-three times a day for relief from period cramps.
8. Tones Skin
Lemongrass is packed with vitamin A and C which work magic on both hair and skin. It also reduces skin pores and balances the oil levels in our skin. There are a number of lemongrass serums, toners and essential oils available in the market which can really step up your beauty routine.
Here’s a quick beauty hack that you can try with lemongrass.
- Add 2 tbsp of chopped lemongrass to a pot of boiling water.
- Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to infuse. Strain it.
- Inhale the steam for about 1 minute, letting your skin absorb it.
- Repeat a couple of times for a lovely sauna effect.
How to Brew a Cup of Healing Lemongrass Tea
- Pour boiling water over a fresh or dried lemongrass leaves, cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you like it.
- A longer steep will draw out more oils and nutrients but will result in a stronger, bitterish taste.
- Strain, pour into a mug and enjoy! You can also add honey for added sweetness if desired.