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What is Lemongrass?
If lemongrass had not been discovered years back, there’s a possibility that Thai cuisine as we know it today would have tasted completely different. Lemongrass is so important to Asian cuisine that one can find this herb added lavishly to teas, soups, pot curries, stir fry’s and the like because of its fragrance and strong flavor. Lemongrass grows well in African countries as well as in other places like Mexico.
Benefits of Lemongrass
Besides using lemongrass as a natural flavoring agent in cooking, extracts of lemongrass oil are quite useful too. Lemongrass oil is a natural pesticide as well as an herbal preservative and just a drop or two of it can make a room smell fragrant instantly. Drops of lemongrass or a leaf itself can be added to a pot of tea for added taste. This herb is a naturally good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid as well as minerals like magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium and phosphorus. Its natural medicinal properties make it a one in all anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent and almost all parts of the plant including the stem and bulb can be used for all kinds of medical treatments. One reason why lemongrass plays an important role in Asian cuisine is because it enhances better digestion and in turn treats digestive disorders like diarrhea, cramps, heartburn and vomiting. In fact, just like yoghurt, Lemongrass kills bad bacteria and allows good bacteria to flourish. Studies that were conducted show that Lemongrass has a positive impact on people with high cholesterol levels and can aid the decrease of fat accumulation in the blood. Its antioxidant properties ensure that it cleanses the body from within and acts as a natural diuretic. As it cleanses the body naturally, it also purifies the liver, kidneys and pancreas. If you have a cold or flu that just won’t go away, a cup of Lemongrass tea is the cure. Its Vitamin C boosters help strengthen the immune system and gently alleviate body pain too. It may also help in soothing symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. Initial studies that were conducted to understand how Lemongrass can help the body showed that this herb may actually help us fight cancer. Experiments proved that Lemongrass was able to destroy all the cancer cells in the body without damaging any of the healthy ones. This can be due to its high content of antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties of Lemongrass means that joint conditions like arthritis, gout and rheumatism can be treated effectively without causing any side-effects. Lemongrass is a common ingredient used in perfumes and beauty products because it helps to naturally fight body odor. Just by dabbing a few drops of lemongrass on one’s pillow at night, it is possible to fight depression naturally.
How to consume Lemongrass
Lemongrass can be taken internally, brewed as a tea, added to dishes and even applied directly to the skin. It can also be missed with other oils and essences safely.