What is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass is a type of grass grown and used widely in many tropical regions. It's very common in the Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisines. It has a mild citrus flavor - hence the name. It's usually used as an herb and flavoring in curries, soups, and curry pastes. It's also popular for tea. Each stalk of lemongrass has several layers, each growing tightly wrapped around its core. The top layers are tough and green; they rather feel like a corn husk's outer layer. When peeled away you find the inner white core of the lemongrass stalk. It's also very tough and difficult to cut, but not nearly so much as the outer layers.

Taste of Lemongrass

Delicate, but yet exotic,Light citrus essence, mixed with a fresh and grassy aroma, subtle spicy.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass

  • Lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins. Along with its culinary uses, lemongrass is useful in alternative or complementary remedies for a wide range of ailments.
  • It has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antipyretic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, galactogogue, insecticidal, sedative, and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various treatments.
  • Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. It has antiseptic compounds that effectively kill bad bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract. For a healthy digestive tract, drink lemongrass tea on regular basis. Lemongrass tea, however, is not recommended for small children
  • The anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis action of lemongrass helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. Plus, it helps in the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerotic plaque buildup.
  • The high potassium content in lemongrass also helps lower and regulate blood pressure. Simply drink a cup of lemongrass tea everyday to help lower your cholesterol level and reduce blood pressure.
  • Regular consumption of lemongrass tea helps cleanse and detoxify the body. The diuretic nature of lemon- grass helps remove toxins, uric acid and bad cholesterol from the body by increasing the frequency and quantity of urination. Urination also helps clean out the kidneys. Plus, the cleansing properties of this herbal tea help purify the liver, kidneys, bladder and pancreas. It also plays a key role in increasing blood circulation, which is important for overall health.
  • Lemongrass has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help your body cope with coughs, fever and other cold and flu symptoms. Plus, it is loaded with vitamin C that boosts your immune system to fight the infection.
  • Lemongrass tea can help fight cancer. A component called citral found in lemongrass causes apoptosis in cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Simply put, it causes the cancer cells to commit suicide. The citral in lemongrass slows the growth of breast cancer cells in the laboratory. Plus, there are several antioxidant properties in lemongrass that help lower your risk of cancer by fighting free radicals.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, lemongrass helps treat arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, gout and other types of joint pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties help suppress the activity of cyclooxygenase-2, an enzyme involved in inflammation that causes pain, especially in joints. Plus, lemon- grass helps to alleviate muscle spasms or sprains by relaxing the  muscles, which in turn reduces the pain- related symptoms.