Herbal Tea – Lemongrass
Product of Thailand
Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus syn. Andropogon schoenanthus
Plant Family: Poaceae
Lemongrass is a good source of folate and contains vitamins A, B1, B5, B6, & C and minerals including copper, iron, manganese and zinc.
It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to brighten moods, as a digestive aid and to bring down fevers. It also has antibacterial, antifungal and repellent properties.
Lemongrass is a healing herbal ingredient featured in many herbal tea blends. Lemongrass is widely used as an ingredient in Asian cuisine and as a traditional medicinal herb in India. It is native to Asia, Africa, Australia, and tropical islands- it is in the grass family and has earned its name by its natural “lemon like” aroma and flavour.
Lemongrass tea naturally has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help your body cope with coughs, fever and other cold and flu symptoms. Lemongrass has a cooling effect which helps soothe your stomach and keeps your digestive functions in check. It contains a component called citral that helps to digest food. It is also known as a helpful women’s health tisane, as it helps to alleviate menstrual pain and cramping.
Our Lemongrass steeps up a lovely bright colour and soothing citrusy aroma, with each sip you will taste the pure taste of fresh lemongrass.
Use 1-2 tsp of tea per 200ml of water. Heat water to 95C and steep for 4-6 minutes.
Lemongrass may cause an allergic reaction if consumed by people sensitive to grass and citrus products.
Lemongrass is used in many Thai and Caribbean recipes.
It combines well with poultry and fish.
Add it to soups, curries and stir fries.
Use it to make an interesting twist on classic lemonade.
It combines well with ginger or served on its on as a tea.
The high level of citronella contained in lemongrass makes it an excellent herb to use in herbal blends to deter fleas and flying insects such as mosquitoes.
It can be added to potpourri.
When mixed with lavender and marjoram it makes a relaxing sleep pillow.