Lemongrass, also called fevergrass, is an aromatic herb mostly used in Indian, Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cooking. As the name suggests, it has a fresh, lemony smell and flavor.
It offers several health benefits as it has diuretic, stimulant, carminative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antidepressant, sedative, antimicrobial, analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-cancer properties.
Thus, lemongrass tea helps detoxify the body, aids digestion, relieves nausea, lowers high blood pressure, treats insomnia, relieves stress, fights infections like cold and flu, controls cholesterol levels, lowers uric acid levels and more.
It can also relieve menstrual cramps and reduce arthritis pain. Lemongrass tea has been traditionally used to reduce fevers as well because it induces perspiration and cools the body. It is not recommended for pregnant women, though.
Ginger, in particular, imparts a strong flavor and also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Lemon juice, being rich in vitamin C, boosts immunity, balances pH levels in the body and facilitates weight loss.
Cinnamon has been found to be beneficial for diabetics as it controls blood sugar. Cloves and cardamom beat bad breath, aid digestion and promote heart health. All these spices also improve blood circulation and boost brainpower.
How to make homemade spiced lemongrass tea
Things you will need:
- Dried lemongrass herb
- A pan
- A cup
- Measuring spoons
- A grater
- A strainer