Thinking of a cold drink that is thirst-quenching, yet healthy to drink on a hot day?
Or perhaps a steaming hot healthy drink for breezy rainy days? These days, Lemongrass is known as a famous ingredient in most Asian cuisine, especially in Thai food. However, this `super food’ can also be your daily delicious cup of herbal tea to support your health in various ways. As the name suggests, Lemongrass has a pleasant citrusy flavour, with the fragrance of Lemon but in a milder and sweeter taste. All you have to do is chop the grass, put it in water, bring it to a boil and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can add the Lemongrass pieces in the teapot and let it brew. From acting as a pain reliever to an anti-depressant, Lemongrass is a natural way to relieve many ailments.
Whether you decide to have it as a cup of tea, add it to your meal or use it as an ingredient in essential oils, here are 8 reasons to include lemongrass in your lifestyle:
1. Improve digestive system
Lemongrass has a cooling component which helps soothe your stomach and eliminates bacteria in the digestive tract to prevent digestive disorders. It also reduces bloating, prevents constipation and heals diahoerrea.
2. Detoxifies your body
Lemongrass is a natural diuretic which is packed with antioxidants that help in detoxing and cleansing from within. It removes the toxins from the liver, kidneys and bladder and also helps to relieve fluid retention.
3. Boost metabolism and burn fat
Lemongrass can help you achieve and maintain your ideal body weight. Based on the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013, polyphenols found in natural plant compounds blend with the caffeine content in tea, increases the usage of energy and fat oxidation.
4. Helps to fight Cancer
Based on a research done at the Ben Gurion University in Israel, studies have shown that Lemongrass has an ability to fight cancer while leaving healthy cells intact. Thanks to a component called Citral and its effectiveness; it serves as an anti-inflammatory to fight against cancer cells. Cancer patients are encouraged to drink fresh Lemongrass tea every day.
5. Ease menstrual pain
Lemongrass tea is excellent in relieving menstrual pain, hot flushes and even early morning sickness due to its soothing effect. Make sure to drink it hot or warm for optimal effect.
6. Great healthy skin and hair
Lemongrass is filled with Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are essential nutrients for beautiful skin and hair. It actually improves blood circulation, clears oily skin, treats eruptions like acne, pimples and eczema, hence it is used extensively in the cosmetics industry.
7. Relieves muscle aches and insomnia
Lemongrass is a favourite ingredient used in soothing oil because of its purifying benefits for the skin. Hence in Thai Odyssey, Lemongrass is used in most of our spa products. The refreshing scent combined with the oil’s soothing properties offer a calming impact that ease fatigue, sore muscles and improve not only the duration of sleep, but also its quality.
8. Keeps fever, coughs and flu away
Fever, coughs and flu are the common combination that regularly affects everyone. However, if you take a cup of Lemongrass tea everyday, your immune system will strengthen which allows your body to fight such infections.
This is because Lemongrass is rich in vitamin C and antibacterial goodness to keep bacteria at bay.
As you have read, Lemongrass has many miraculous benefits that can help from different health problems. With that, don’t forget to add Lemongrass to your diet for a healthy lifestyle!