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Lemongrass – Health in your kitchen

Not many know that lemongrass is a medicinal plant and has many uses and benefits. Learn in detail here. #firsttimemommy #healthtips #healthinyourkitchen

My mother, on one of her visits to my home, was carrying tea leaves and home grown lemongrass. Yes, you read it right. She is finicky about her tea; she needs her special brand of tea, loads of ginger that actually burns your throat and lemongrass. That is when I decided to plant this lemony smelling herb at home, so the next time she wouldn’t need to carry the herb all the way from Ahmadabad.

While we use this aromatic herb in Thai cooking or have lemongrass tea, not many of us know that this herb is actually a medicinal plant that has been used in Ayurveda since centuries.

Lemongrass contains antioxidants, flavonoids, lemonal or citral which has anti-fungal and anti-microbial qualities. It also gives the tangy lemon like flavour to the herb. Additionally, it contains vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and folate.

Let’s learn the numerous benefits of lemongrass:

  • detoxifies the body; helps in cleansing and flushing harmful toxic wastes out of the body
  • improves digestion and bowel movement, and treats nausea, stomach aches
  • controls cholesterol
  • treats insomnia
  • cures fever
  • boosts nervous system and immunity
  • prevents rheumatism
  • treats edema
  • treats cancers
  • heals infections
  • relieves menstrual pain

How to use lemongrass?

Cut the herb in small pieces and add it to your masala chai or herbal tea. I make herbal tea with lemongrass and ginger.

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Herbal tea with lemongrass and ginger

I had once made a lemongrass cooler with green tea infused with the medicinal leaves and honey. It was quite a success.

I mix lemongrass essential oil in potpourri and place them in the closets. It gives a refreshing lemony smell whenever I open the closets. However, this essential oil is also used in :

  • aromatherapy for treating cold, cough, flu and stuffed  nose
  • massaging the joints in rheumatoid arthritis
  • treating anxiety and depression
  • treating skin conditions as acne, eczema
  • insect or mosquito repellant

This plant if gets adequate water and sunlight grows and spreads like wild grass. I have a feeling that since I have potted it, I am seeing fewer mosquitoes in my home.

Note: Lemongrass oil or herbal tea can lead to allergic reactions in some people. Also, pregnant and lactating women should consult their doctor before using this herb for therapeutic use.

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  1. Anagha Yatin

    I rarely drink tea but whenever I have it it has to be one that fits in the definition of your mother’s brew.
    Lemon grass as a potpuorri is a new thing to me which I liked. Thinking of having it as a welcome addition to my wardrobe!
    Thanks for sharing Anshu.

    • mammaspeaks

      Thank you Anagha. I too rarely drink masala chai, but whenever I do I add lots of ginger and lemongrass. Like mother, like daughter. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing! That’s a wealth of knowledge that I can refer to when I need. We have tons of lemongrass grwoing all over our farm if you ever need!

  3. Very interesting and informative article. I had no clue that lemongrass has so many qualities. Planning to try it out in tea.

  4. I use the lemon grass essential oil in the water for mopping the floor too – love the refreshing smell.
    It’s been a while since I had lemon grass tea. Must make some soon.

    • mammaspeaks

      Corinne, this essential oil for floor mopping. That’s an interesting idea. Will definitely try this too. I am sure the house smells lemony after this!

  5. Ishita Hurkat

    I drink lemongrass tea quite often, but not using fresh lemongrass. I’ll definitely try it out.

  6. Lemongrass is one power house.I do use regularly to make tea.But many people doesnt know about this herb.Thanks for writing.

  7. My MIL uses lemon grass in her tea and i love how she makes it… reading this is making me crave it

  8. I love lemongrass! Since I tried it once, I always make it a point to try the lemongrass variant of tea. It really does bless my body. I am amazed it worked well in a iced tea too so will be trying that out soon.

    • mammaspeaks

      Lancelot, just try the iced tea version and you will always ask for one! It’s strong yet subtle flavour enhances the overall taste of the tea.

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