Lemongrass is a herb which is part of the Cymbopogan Citratus family. It has a unique citrus flavour and is widely used in Asian cuisines. It is common in varieties of soups, teas and hot curries. It provides a fresh green vibrant colour to the cuisine and enriches it with its medicinal and anti-microbial properties. So, let’s have a look at the nutritional and health benefits of lemongrass.
The lemongrass herb is low in calorie herb, containing around 100 calories per 100 grams. It is rich in carbohydrates and contains traces of fats and protein. Vitamin-A and Vitamin-C are also found in abundance in this food along with minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.
Lemongrass helps in restricting free radical damage and oxidation process in the body as it is rich in antioxidants. It helps decrease the metabolism of carcinogenic cells. It also contains a chemical known as citral. Citral helps in killing cancer cells without harming the healthy cells. Other anti-cancer properties are Geraniol and citronellol and ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer can be prevented by its intake.
The antioxidants and vitamins in lemongrass is very good for your skin. These antioxidants prevent skin aging, wrinkles and skin pigmentation. The Vitamin-A present in lemongrass helps against acne. It also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which can prevent infections and skin diseases. Lemongrass oil is very useful for skin as it acts as a moisturiser. It can be applied on the skin to prevent eczema and dry skin.
Lemongrass prevents Anxiety by regulating the neuro-receptors in the brain. Stress and depression can be overcome because of the essential oil present in lemongrass.
Lemongrass helps in joint pain and arthritis. The essential oils present in the herb has anti-inflammatory properties. Even the antioxidants (phenolic compounds) present in it help in reducing damages done to tissues and fat cells. Muscle pain, muscle spasm and headaches can be combated by it.
The anti-microbial properties can provide a soothing effect against cold and bronchitis. Black tea infused with fresh lemongrass is recommended when a person is suffering from fever. It has essential oils which provide a warm effect to the body.
Lemongrass helps in weight loss as the herb acts as a detoxifier. The diuretic nature of the herb helps flush out toxins, Lemongrass infused tea is often recommended as it helps in cutting down the fats in the body. Moreover, lemongrass tea keeps a person sated and thus curbs calorie intake.
Lemongrass improves Eyesight, promotes digestion and is excellent for your hair. It also helps reduce blood pressure as it contains an adequate amount of potassium. Blood circulation is also improved with regular consumption of lemongrass tea. And it helps menstrual pain and nausea.
Here is how to make lemon grass tea:
Fresh local lemongrass infused with rich Assam or Darjeeling black tea makes for a light, bright cup of tea with a slightly floral, lemony finish.
Combine the lemongrass and 4 1/4 cups of water in a pan and bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat, and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain the water into a warmed teapot and immediately add the tea. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Serve with milk and sugar or plain.
Serve it cold with a dash of lemon.