Lemongrass is one of those herbs I use frequently because I love the way it smells and tastes (especially with chicken!). It wasn’t until recently that I learned that it can be used for more than just cooking. In my search for more lemongrass recipes I came across some very interesting information.
While lemongrass makes a fantastic herb for seasoning, it also has some pretty surprising health benefits, too. It’s a natural antiseptic, pain reliever, digestive aid, detoxifier – and that’s not all.
I frequently bought lemongrass before I learned about how beneficial it is; now I make sure I always have some in my pantry!
Lemongrass has some diuretic properties, which means that it increases both the quantity and frequency of urination. Peeing often doesn’t sound that great until you take into account that every time you urinate, the lemongrass is working as a cleansing agent by removing harmful substances like uric acid and toxins.
Lemongrass also flushes out your kidneys and purifies your liver, pancreas, and bladder.
To get the benefit of lemongrass’ cleansing and detoxifying properties, drink it in tea form. You can make your own tea by drying out the herb, crumbling it, and putting it in tea bags, but I found it a lot easier just to buy lemongrass tea. It’s cheap and you can find it pretty much anywhere (Find it online HERE)!
If you suffer from digestive problems like indigestion, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or cramps, this herb might be the natural remedy you’ve been looking for. It’s got some antiseptic qualities that eliminate the harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. What’s more, it helps to re-establish the colon’s good, natural bacteria. The best way to get the full advantage of its digestive benefits is to drink it as tea.
Arthritic Pain Relief
As anyone who suffers from arthritis knows, the pain can be debilitating. Due to its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, lemongrass is a great alternative treatment choice. You can make a muscle rub out of coconut oil and lemongrass oil (in a 1:2 ratio).
Once it’s mixed, rub it thoroughly over the joints that hurt. For best results, leave it on for a couple of hours before rinsing it off. Use this treatment daily for as long as you need to. The lemongrass/coconut oil mixture also works on sprained or pulled muscles.
Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of this herb is its cancer fighting ability. It has a compound known as “citral“. This compound hinders the development and growth of cancer cells and also prevents their proliferation. As a result, studies are being conducted into the use of lemongrass as a preventative cancer measure.
While it’s not packed as full of nutrients as a lot of fruit and vegetables, lemongrass still has a considerable amount of nutrients for a simple herb:
- Vitamins – A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C
On top of all that, lemongrass contains NO FATS and NO BAD CHOLESTEROL!
I always seem to catch a lot of colds (especially in the winter), so I’m always on the lookout for something to boost my germ resistance.
I was happy to learn that lemongrass has immunity boosting qualities. It increases your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, which in turn fortifies your natural immune defenses. While it won’t cure your cold or flu, if you consume it on a regular basis you can seriously raise your resistance levels.
A Health Changer
Lemongrass isn’t what you’d typically think of when you consider herbal remedies, but there’s no refuting the proof. It’s also very easy to bring into your diet, especially if you love it for seasoning like I do.
The easiest way to make sure you’re getting your lemongrass dose is to drink it in tea, but if you like variety, consider using it in sauces, as garnish, in spice rubs, in marinades, and in pastes. It’s extremely versatile both in cooking and as a remedy, so make sure you always have some on hand! Also you can make detox drinks with lemongrass as well!
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