The lemongrass plant derives its name from its distinct lemony scent and taste. The stalk itself is too hard to be eaten, except for the soft inner part. However, it can be finely sliced and added to recipes. It is considered a medicinal plant in India and is often used as a tea in Mexico and some African countries. here are the reasons why you should include lemongrass in your life.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Lemongrass’ high potassium content promotes diuresis, which lowers and regulates blood pressure, stimulates blood circulation and reduces hypertension.
It Is A Diuretic
Lemongrass is an effective diuretic (increasing the frequency of waste disposal through urine), effectively eliminating toxins and uric acid, cleansing and alleviating the digestive, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder functions.
Helps In Detoxification
The anti-oxidant, anti-septic, and diuretic effects of lemongrass make it an important ingredient of any detox diet, as it helps cleanse and purify the liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, and increases blood circulation.
Lowers Blood Sugar
The purifying and cleansing effect of lemongrass tea, help to detoxify the pancreas and improve its functions, thus lowering blood sugar level in diabetic patients.
Helps in Weight Loss
Some studies indicate that drinking lemongrass tea helps to melt fats through the detoxification process. The diuretic effect helps quick elimination of the toxins and waste in high volume, resulting in weight loss.
Reduces Inflammation And Pain
Lemongrass has been used in traditional medicine for inflammatory conditions for generations. Some animal studies have shown that it has antidiarrheal activity, can decrease inflammation and edema (swelling), and acts both on the central and peripheral nervous system to decrease pain (1)
Helps You To Sleep
Do you find it difficult falling or staying asleep? Then, lemongrass can help. Studies have found that lemongrass may increase sleep duration (2)encourage dream remembrance, and promote restful sleep(3)
Note These Side Effects
Avoid lemongrass in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to lemongrass. Lemongrass and other essential oils, both applied on the skin and taken as a tea, may cause allergic contact skin reactions.
Lemongrass may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes or hypoglycemia, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar.
Lemongrass may cause slight increases in liver function tests, particularly bilirubin, or an increase in pancreatic tests, particularly amylase. Patient with liver conditions should use lemongrass with caution.
It is Not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding as certain chemical compounds in lemongrass (beta-myrcene), may cause decreased birth weight, increased perinatal mortality, and delay in development when taken at high doses.
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