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lemon Grass May 8, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 6:25 pm

 

 

 

Lemon Grass Cut

 

Chinese Name: Xiang mao, Ning Meng Cao

Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus (DC. ex Nees) Stapf, family Gramineae

Common names include lemon grass, barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, fever grass or Hierba Luisa.

 

This sweetly scented citrus flavored grass grows in large clumps up to five feet, producing narrow leaf blades and branched stalks or flowers.

 

It can be dried and powdered, or used fresh. Lemon grass is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries.

It is also suitable for poultry, fish, and seafood. Lemon grass is widely used as a herb in Asian cuisine.

 

It is often used as a tea in African, Latin-American and Asia countries. Mexicans combine the herb with spearmint or one of the other mints to brew a calming tea as it’s believed to help in digestion after a meal and is said to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

 

 

 

Quotes from Chinese historical sources:

 

LU-CHUAN’S MATERIA MEDICA: "Effective as a diaphoretic and anti-fever agent, in subduing swellings and relieving pain. Mainly used in the treatment of rheumatism and ostealgia; in the treatment of injuries from falls, fractures, contusions and sprains; against cold and internal pathogenic heat."

 

Since lemongrass is caffeine, it can be enjoyed during anytime of the day. You can also mix the lemon grass with other teas to create your own favorite blend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Lemongrass Tea

 

1. DetoxThe Thais use lemon grass as a natural detoxifier. The lemon grass helps to detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and the digestive tract. It cuts down uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion, blood circulation. It is definitely an amazing dexofier for the whole body. No wonder the Thai women have such beautiful skin.

 

2. AcneGiven that lemon grass is such a natural body cleanser, it cleans from the inside-out. With that, it helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimple. Also, it acts as a muscle and tissue toner.

 

3. Stress relieverIn Ayurveda, the lemon grass is used as a stress reliever.

 

4. Anti-oxidantRecently, a study by Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the department of Science and Technology (DOST) claims that every 100g of boiled lemon grass stalk can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene and anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidant is essential for us to fight free radical and help prevent cancer.

 

5. Beautiful EyesAs mentioned, lemon grass contain beta-carotene that is essential for beautiful and healthy eyes. Additionally, another study conducted by DOST also shows that lemon grass has the potential as a tropical eye medication against keratomycosis, an inflammation of cornea often associated with burning or blurring of vision.

 

 

 

 

Pure Lemongrass Tea

 

Lemongrass is a great herb for reducing a fever or relieving stomach cramps. It also aids in digestion, especially in children, and helps ease the pain of arthritis. Outside of its healing value, some people just enjoy the mild lemon taste.

 

Follow these steps to brew a perfect cup of lemongrass tea.

 

Step 1: Prepare 2tsp (about 3g) dry lemon grass cut.

Step 2: Pour boiling hot water over the tea and wash it for about 10 seconds.

Step 3: Strain the tea.

Step 4: Pour hot water over the tea again and steep for 3-5 minutes.

Step 5: Strain the tea and enjoy!

Sweeten your tea and add honey if desired.

 

 

 

Lemon Ginger Tea

 

Things you need:

2 tsp dry lemon grass cut, 1-2 pieces dry ginger, lemon or lemon juice.

 

Step 1: Place the lemon grass and ginger into the strainer.

Step 2: Pour hot water over the lemon grass and ginger, wash them up for about 10 seconds and strain.

Step 3: Pour the hot water over the lemon grass and ginger again, steep for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Strain them and add lemon juice into the tea.(About 2-3 lemon slice)

 

Drink it when the tea is hot, the lemon and ginger flavor is very refreshing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dried lemon grass leaves make a zesty, refreshing drink that is highly satisfying both hot and cold.

Just as its name implies, lemon grass easily brews up into a delightful, lemony-flavored tea with hints of ginger.

The resulting liquid is very fragrant, rich lemon gold in color, refreshing, and naturally caffeine-free.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

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