Lemongrass is an elephant-like-grass with a fresh lemon aroma and taste. It is one of the common ingredients used for pepper soup, Banga soup and egusi pepper soup in Isoko and Urhobo communities.
I’ve also heard that lemongrass oil is used to freshen the air and help one relax by reducing stress.
Having lots of headaches this period, I’ve used lemongrass tea consistently for over a week now and I can say that it relieves pain, cleanse the system of toxic elements and boosts immunity.
So now, let’s dive into the benefits of drinking lemongrass tea.
1. Contains Antioxidant Properties
The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry published an article that stated lemongrass contains several antioxidants that help prevent the malfunction of cells in your coronary arteries, as well as prevent or reduce diseases in the body.
Antioxidants in lemongrass include chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin.
2. Contains Antimicrobial Properties
Antimicrobial properties in lemongrass can help in the treatment of oral infection and cavities
A 2012 article by the National Institutes of Health stated that essential oil made from lemongrass has antimicrobial properties that make it possible to fight against the main bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Mixed with silver ions, lemongrass essential oil can fight against almost all types of bacteria.
3. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties
Citral and geranial, two major compounds found in lemongrass are anti-inflammatory properties, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
4. Reduces Cancer Risk
Anti-cancer properties are also found in citral. This makes it possible for lemongrass to directly kill off cancer cells, or boost your immune system against cancer cells.
5. Aids Healthy Digestion
If you feel stomach upset, stomach cramps, indigestion or other digestive problems, lemongrass tea is the solution.
The essential oil from lemongrass protects the stomach lining from damage due to excessive use of aspirin and other related medication.
6. Serves as a Diuretic
Diuretics make you urinate more times than you usually would have, thereby ridding your body of toxic properties.
It has the same qualities as green tea but without side effects of any kind.
People diagnosed with heart failure or liver failure are often advised to take diuretic.
7. It Reduces High Blood Pressure
While lemongrass tea reduces systolic blood pressure, it also causes an increase in diastolic blood pressure. Because of this, it is advisable to take lemongrass tea in moderate proportions.
Lemongrass tea also lowers heart rate. Moderate use can help prevent a dangerous drop in heart rate.
8. Regulates Cholesterol
High cholesterol mostly leads to a heart attack. The Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research published an experimental report that saw lemongrass oil reduce cholesterol in animals.
High cholesterol may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & ResearchTrusted Source showed that lemongrass oil extract helped to lower cholesterol in animals. The reduction in cholesterol was dependent on the dose.
It is not yet known if the tea has the same effect with the oil. But hey, there’s definitely no harm trying.
9. Aids Weight Loss
Lemongrass is an effective detox tea that aids weight loss. Though this is not scientifically proven, but since lemongrass is a diuretic, you can drink the tea and watch your weight drop.
While you can use it as a replacement for soft drinks, it is wise to not over drink it, so as to prevent side effects.
10. Relieves Menstrual Cramps
I started taking lemongrass tea a few days to my menstruation. Actually, I was taking it to clean up my system and boost my immunity. But my forever painful menses came during the period with very little cramp.
From my research, there’s no scientific study that proves this, but theoretically, it soothes the stomach. It has anti-inflammatory properties. And I experienced the effect first hand.
How to Use
There are no specific guidelines on how to take the tea, so based on my experience, I’ll say, start with one cup daily. If there are no side effects, increase your drinking. But don’t exceed drinking it twice a day. Preferably morning and night, to avoid side effects.
To Make Lemongrass into Tea:
Pour 1 cup boiling water and turn it in a mug
Add 3 teaspoons of dried grounded lemongrass
Stir and allow to soak in for at least five minutes
Sieve the tea
Sip it hot, or drink it warm.
Cut fresh lemongrass and wash in clean water
Tie the grass around itself and put in a flask
Pour in boiling water
Cover flask and allow the lemon soak into the water
Sip it hot, or drink it warm after 15-20 minutes.
Cut fresh lemongrass and wash in clean water
Tie the grass around itself and put in a kettle
Pour in water and boil
Pour into your flask and drink from it.
PS: for fever or malaria, add avocado pear leaves and pineapple leaves. (For it to be effective, this has to be taken every day)
Possible Side Effects and Risks
While lemongrass is safe to use in moderate amount, one still needs to watch out for side effects. They include
And sometimes, dizziness
If you’re allergic to lemongrass, stop usage right away. Some allergies are
Rapid heart rate
PS: People who are pregnant, have a low heart rate, or low potassium levels