Lemongrass is a very common and perhaps one of the popular herbs in African that’s loaded with a lot of health benefits. The grass is also called citronella and has a fresh, lemony attractive aroma and a citrus flavor.
Lemongrass essential oil is useful in aromathopathy to freshen the air, reduce stress, and then uplift the mood.
The best way to enjoy this aromatic grass is by taking it as hot tea.
However, this article will emphasize more on the health benefits of this aromatic lemongrass to mankind.
Health Benefits of Lemongrass Tea;
1. It has powerful antioxidants properties
Lemongrass contains several antioxidants which help to remove free radicals in the body. These antioxidants also help to prevent cardiovascular disease by removing dead cells in the blood vessels. Thus reducing heart-related disease.
2. Posses anti-bacterial properties
Lemongrass tea helps to treat oral infections. Studies reveal that lemongrass has the abilities against streptococcal mutant bacteria which is mostly the cause of tooth decay in people.
3. Anti-inflammatory properties
Lemongrass has a form of natural diuretics and plays a vital role in many conditions including heart diseases and strokes. So, the two main components in the lemongrass responsible for the anti-inflammatory benefits, are citral and geranial.
The two compounds work greatly to stop the inflammatory process in the body.
4. Reduce Cancer Cells in the body
The citral in lemongrass is also helpful and possesses anticancer powers against some cancer cells. Many components in lemongrass help to fight cancer cells. However, lemongrass also works by boosting the body’s immunity and killing the cancer cells.
Lemongrass tea is beneficial during chemotherapy and radiation treatment but then should only be used under the guidance of an oncologist.
5. Lowers blood pressure
Lemongrass is very useful to treat high systolic blood pressure. In the 2012 observational study, 72 volunteers men were given either lemongrass or green tea to drink.
And those who drank the lemongrass tea experienced a moderate drop in their systolic blood pressure and a mild increase in their diastolic blood pressure with a significantly lower heart rate.
Later researchers caution men with heart problems should use lemongrass in moderation, thus avoiding dangerous drops in heart rate or increased diastolic pressure.
6. Regulate the cholesterol level
High cholesterol is dangerous to one’s health and can increase your chances of heart attack and stroke.
Study shows that lemongrass oil extracts help to lower cholesterol in animals but more research will be needed to be sure that lemongrass tea has the same effect with the lemongrass oil extract.
7 Aids weight loss
Lemongrass tea helps to detox our body and aids metabolism which assists you to lose weight steadily.
Replacing carbonated drinks and other sugar-sweetened drinks in your diet with lemongrass tea can make you keep fit and lose unnecessary body weight.
If you drink enough of it, you may likely lose weight to your desire size.
8. Relieve menstrual cramps
Lemongrass tea is a natural remedy for menstrual cramps, bloating, and hot flushes. It serves great health benefits in women’s health as well.
I often take it when am having menstrual discomfort to alleviate the symptoms and I get relieved after a few hours.
How To Make Lemongrass Tea
1. Get either dried or fresh lemongrass
2. Wash and boil in a kettle of water half filled
3. Allow the lemongrass leave to boil properly for at least 5minutes
4. Serve hot or add iced cubes for cold iced Lemon Grass
Note, there is no standard recommended dosage for the tea intake, consult your doctor for further directives on the uses.
Possible Side Effects of Lemongrass
Some people are allergic to lemongrass tea, but note, seek medical help immediately you noticed any of these signs.
4.Unexplained increase in appetite
However, lemongrass is naturally considered safe to use if taken in reasonable amounts.
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