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.
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.
Lemon grass can be enjoyed during anytime of the day. You can also mix the lemon grass with other teas to create your own favorite blend.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.
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.”
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Lemongrass Tea
1. Detox：The 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. Acne：Given 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 reliever：In Ayurveda, the lemon grass is used as a stress reliever.
4. Anti-oxidant：Recently, 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 Eyes：As 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.