Lemongrass Tea: an intro
Lemongrass tea is comprised of tea and lemongrass, a sturdy grass that is also known as fever grass throughout the Caribbean. The unique citrus flavor it provides makes it appeal to many, and the wonderful health benefits make it more appealing to the rest. This refreshing beverage has a fascinating history, a few side effects that tea drinkers should make note of, and a wealth of benefits that make it one of the most popular teas across the world. As researchers continue to learn more about it, it only increases in popularity.
It is unclear exactly when this plant was discovered and used for medicinal purposes, but there are writings from the 17th century that mention the strong stalks of this grass. Although it was commonly used in Southern America for centuries, it did not begin to spread throughout the world until the 1940s. It was then that this plant was noted in North America, and in parts of Europe. As news of the medicinal properties spread, it was used more and more in the culinary and holistic healing circles. Finally, it was found in tea so that everyone could enjoy the wonderful benefits that both ingredients provide.
This citrus-flavored beverage has two primary ingredients: lemongrass and tea. Caffeine is also a common ingredient if decaffeinated tea is not used as a base tea. Other common ingredients found in recipes include:
- Slice of lemon
- Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
These are the common ingredients found. If the tea is pre-packaged, such as the kind of tea bags that are purchased at the store, read the box for a full list of ingredients.
This plant first became known for its health benefits and was later added to tea. The citrus-flavored grass is known for providing several benefits throughout the world.
Fight free radical damage. Free radicals are known to wreak havoc on the body as they cause a significant amount of damage at a cellular level. Because the grass is brewed in tea, those that enjoy this beverage will enjoy the benefits that tea provides as well, such as the antioxidants that fight free radical damage. Tea is known to help battle cancer, heart disease and several other medical conditions.
Anti-inflammatory. The grass is known for helping to fight inflammation deep within the body, such as the inflammation that is found in heart disease or patients that suffer from arthritis. Most people apply it topically to soothe the inflammation from arthritis but drinking it can also provide the same benefits.
Tea also provides anti-inflammatory benefits so you can enjoy double the protection against inflammation.
Anti-anxiety. This beverage is proven to provide relief to those that suffer from anxiety. The steam is often inhaled to alleviate symptoms. Simply enjoy the citrus aroma as the tea is brewing on top of the stove. Then, the calming effects will kick in when you sip on a mug in your favorite chair or while gossiping with a friend.
Lower cholesterol. Everyone knows how important it is to have low cholesterol, and a dose of this tea can help a person get there. Studies conducted on animals show that those that regularly eat the grass have lower cholesterol than those that do not. This has led many scientists and those in the health industry to believe that it has the potential to have the same impact on humans, but more trials will need to be conducted to confirm this.
Reduce thrush. Studies have revealed that this plant can reduce the number of cases of thrush that people with a weaker immune system face, meaning that it could have important anti-fungal properties as well. There is a potential for it to be used to treat other common fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot.
Cancel cavities. The strong stalks are often chewed on to improve dental health. Studies conducted revealed that they are anti-bacterial, meaning that it can fight off bacteria in the mouth. This includes bacteria that can cause cavities, and the same one that can cause strep throat. It can be chewed on as it is in Southern America but drinking tea will also provide the same benefits for oral hygiene.
Reduce bloating and water retention. Although scientists do not know why, this grass makes the body eliminate more urine than it normally would, which could be an amazing thing for those that suffer from severe bloating or have water retention issues due to heart-related problems. It is important to note that this cannot substitute prescription medication and should not be tried to help medical conditions unless overseen by a physician.
Common cold. Both lemongrass and tea are known for helping fight off the common cold. Enjoying a soothing glass of this beverage can help reduce fever as well as other symptoms so that you can get back to work quicker. Remember, this grass is known as fever grass in its native country because of its ability to naturally reduce a fever. The tea can also help alleviate a sore throat, sinus congestion, aches and pains that are associated with sickness and will soothe a sore throat.
Pain. The oil derived from this plant is known for being a popular aromatherapy option to help ease pain. Drinking lemongrass tea or inhaling the steam while it is brewing can offer those same impressive pain-relieving benefits. Many people enjoy these benefits if they are suffering from a common ailment, such as a cold or the flu. The tea will help alleviate both the fever and the pain that comes with it.
There are very few side effects that users will have to deal with when they enjoy these benefits. It can cause an allergic reaction or mild irritation when a person uses it topically. It is advised that people using it topically test a small amount on their skin to ensure that they do not have an allergic reaction.
Those that inhale too much of the steam or oil can experience a headache. This form of inhalation can be toxic if a person overdoes it. Because of this, it is important that those enjoying the aromatherapy benefits remember that moderation is always best. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the steam of freshly brewed tea every other day.
When drinking this, too much can cause problems with digestive health. It is advised that individuals start with a small cup per day to see how well they handle it before consuming larger quantities of this tea. If one cup daily does not cause stomach upset, a person can move up to two small cups or one larger cup. If there are any negative side effects, it is important to cut back on use or consult a doctor.
This plant and beverage are still being studied, making it difficult to determine an exact dosage to recommend. Starting small is advised to avoid side effects and health complications. A small six-ounce cup is a great way to start. After a few days of drinking a small cup of this beverage, one can move up to a larger cup or to drinking it every day. Often, those that enjoy tea enjoy drinking several different flavors and simply incorporate this one into their daily tea drinking routine in moderation.
The recommended dosage of tea to enjoy all the health benefits is to drink a six-ounce cup three times daily. This is a great way to start the morning, get a boost of energy in the afternoon and relax before going to bed at night.
Homemade recipes are delicious and easy to make. To make this citrus-flavored beverage, simply brew a few thick stalks with the tea of your choice. Some people prefer to use water instead, which is also a tasty afternoon beverage. It can be served hot or cold.
Lemongrass is used as an additive for other teas. The hint of citrus is the perfect addition to ginger tea. It adds a touch of flavor without too much. When a person enjoys several different ingredients in their afternoon cup of tea, they will get to enjoy the benefits of all the ingredients. Ginger is comprised of powerful antioxidants, anti-viral properties and more, making it an exceptional choice for those with the flu.
Lemongrass tea is relatively new to the world of tea and holistic medicine. Tea can be traced back to ancient times while lemongrass is only now becoming known. Ancient texts do not tell researchers enough about this for them to know all the benefits that come with it.
A small amount of research has been conducted to determine the benefits and other possible outcomes. Additional research is still being conducted to help scientists and holistic health professionals understand more about lemongrass. It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Aside from that warning, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of this tea, and the benefits that come with it, as the sunsets.