Lemon Grass for Healthy Living

I like to while away a Saturday morning by wandering the local Farmer’s Market in Cerritos, CA.  Many Asian vegetables are offered for the local clientele and I confess to great ignorance of the varieties and uses of many displayed. This week I was drawn to a mysterious pale green bunch of stalks that turned out to be lemon grass. I threw caution to the wind and spent two dollars on my first raw lemon grass purchase.

My taste buds have long enjoyed lemon grass in tea and soups and a little research reveals a long tradition of lemon grass for healthy living. Here are a few of the benefits cited:

  • Improves circulation
  • Calming properties, especially effective for insomnia
  • Cleanses digestive organs or liver, bladder, and kidneys
  • Improves skin conditions such as acne
  • Contains folic acid and a range of B Vitamins
  • Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
  • Traditional cold and flu remedy

Wow! All that and it tastes good too. I brewed some fresh tea and now have a pitcher ready to enjoy in the fridge.

Lemon Grass Tea

2 cups boiling water

2 stalks lemon grass, cut away leaves and outside touch layer. Cut into a couple of pieces and gently crush to release the oils. I used a rolling pin, but a meat tenderizer or hammer will also work.

Steep for 15 minutes. Drink warm or add cool water for iced tea.

Optional:

Honey, sugar, or stevia to taste

Raw ginger may also be added.

Read more about the benefits of lemon grass at:

http://planetwell.com/lemongrass-health-benefits-and-healing-properties/

http://www.diethealthclub.com/health-food/lemon-grass-health-benefits.html

Enjoy!