Drinking lemongrass tea is a good way to get the soothing benefits of this herb on a regular basis. Lemongrass tea is made from a perennial grass which can be grown in a garden or a container. The white portion of the stalk is known as a wonderful flavoring for cooking, but that’s not the only portion of the plant that can be used. The leaves are also an excellent flavoring, and are known for making a soothing tea that is believed to have a number of health benefits. In our previous article ” 7 Surprising Health Benefits Of Lemongrass And Its Side Effects ” we talked about these benefits. The tea is pretty easy to make and has a rich, lemony scent and taste. Here is how to prepare it:
What You Need
- 4 cups of clean water
- 2 cups roughly chopped lemongrass (fresh/ dried: we are using fresh)
- 1 teaspoon honey to taste (optional)
You can either use fresh or dried lemongrass leaves. If you are using leaves directly from your own lemongrass plant, make sure you discard the other leaves as they may make you tea bitter. Also remove weak and brownish leaves.
Wash the leaves use and cut into 1 to 2 inch lengths with a pair of clean, sharp scissors.
Put the cut grasses into a cooking pot or tea pot and add the clean water.
Bring the water and leaves to a boil for about 5 minutes
lower the heat and allow the heat and allow the infusion to rest for another 5 minutes an then strain your tea.
Alternatively, Place 2/3 of the cut fresh leaves in a cup and pour boiling water over the leaves and leave to steep for 10 or 15 minutes.
You may sweeten it with honey. Drink it hot or cold or at room temperature, whichever suites your taste.
There isn’t enough research on lemongrass tea to recommend a standard dosage for any condition. Therefore to limit your risk of the side effects, start with one cup a day. If you tolerate well, then you can increase it. Stop drinking the tea or cut back if you experience the side effects.
You shouldn’t use lemongrass tea in place of your prescribed medication without your doctors approval. However, you shouln’t drink lemongrass tea if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have low heart rate
- have low potassium level
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