A hectic lifestyle with little time for exercise and rising pollution levels form a dangerous combination which hampers our health almost every day. Given how a healthy body and mind helps us be more productive, we should actively work towards improving our health by consuming superfood like lemongrass. This herb has garnered a lot of attention globally because of its multiple health benefits. Loaded with minerals and vitamins, lemongrass not only boosts one’s immunity but is also good for cleansing toxins out of your body. What’s more, is that you can consume it in various forms. You can easily find brands selling powdered lemongrass, lemongrass tea, and even lemongrass tablets. Alternatively, you can also grow the herb at home and brew your own lemongrass tea.
The scientific name of lemongrass is Cymbopogon. Lemongrass can grow anywhere provided the soil is well-drained, there is ample water and no shortage of sunlight. It doesn’t survive in temperatures below 9 degrees Celsius.
You can easily grow lemongrass at home by either planting a graft of the plant in a pot. Put store-bought lemongrass stalks in a shallow bowl of water for a week and keep changing the water every day. After a week, cut the stalks into three-inch pieces and plant them into well-drained soil or in the ground. In about four to six months, the plant will grow into a healthy bush.
To make some homemade lemongrass tea, put a pan of water on the stove, and cut lemongrass to it. You can also add mint to the mixture to make it more refreshing. Bring the mixture to a boil, strain it and sip along. You can also add jaggery or honey to enhance the tea’s taste.
Despite its health benefits, lemongrass tea can have some side-effects especially among those diagnosed with diabetes and pregnant women. Lemongrass is known to lower blood sugar levels; hence diabetics should consult their doctor before consuming it. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should also exercise caution due to the presence of certain chemical compounds present in lemongrass tea.
Its multiple health benefits notwithstanding, health experts are yet to come up with large-scale research about the lemongrass and its medical advantages. However, a cup of lemongrass tea can be a good addition to one’s diet.
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