Want to try something different in your tea life? Maybe Lemongrass tea is the answer. It’s a light pale tea that can help you both with your inner serenity and with your health. For ages it has been used as medicine – to heal what of you has been sick. If you just can’t sleep, a cup before bedtime causes relaxation and promotes a restful night of sleep. The tea is also known to relieve nausea and helps with digestion. It also acts as an appetite suppressant – drinking a cup after a large meal will take away that stagnant full feeling and will help digest the food along with helping to remove unhealthy food additives, chemicals and excess fats. It even helps keep the liver and pancreas healthy and it is also known to help keep cholesterol levels normal. If you are suffering from anxiety or nervousness Lemongrass tea can help reduce these symptoms. It has been used in Brazil for centuries to treat digestive problems and nervous disorders. It is also known to promote relaxation as the people of the Amazon are well aware of this benefit and have used it regularly as a natural sedative. It has also been shown to have effects on cancer cells. A study from Ben Gurion University in Israel concluded that a molecule called “citral” that is found in the Lemongrass plant induces programmed cell death in cancer cells without harming normal cells.
With this recipe, via the Guardian, you can make your own Lemongrass tea and reap the benefits:
2 lemongrass stalks
A pinch of ground cinnamon
Honey or sugar to sweeten (optional)
1 black tea bag
Juice from ½ lime
1 Cut off the root end of the lemongrass stalk and remove any of the any dry outer leaves. Gently bruise the base of the stalk with a rolling pin.
2 Tie the lemongrass in a knot and place in a cup with cinnamon and sweeteners if using.
3 Pour in the boiling water. Add a tea bag and remove as soon as the water is golden brown.
4 Add lime juice to taste and serve with a lemongrass stirrer.
In the article, Lemongrass Tea was called “a steaming reminder to be cheerful”. So in these still dreary days of March, with the cold still clinging onto us – make a cup of this to make it all better, inside and out.