This exotic herb can do so much more than just season your cooking.
Popular in Asian cuisine, lemongrass is mostly famous for adding flavor to dishes with its strong lemon-like aroma. But lemongrass is actually a very potent healing herb and can be used to treat many different ailments.
Raw lemongrass is very fibrous and so cannot be eaten without being cooked, however it can be juiced in a masticating juicer or boiled to make a tea.
The health benefits of lemongrass are that it contains vitamins A and C, folate, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese plus small traces of B vitamins.
Lemongrass has been used is Asian countries for centuries for its medicinal properties, it has antiseptic properties and is effective at killing harmful micro-organisms that reside in the gut.
Lemongrass also has the following health properties:
- Helps fight anemia due to its high iron content which helps oxygenate the blood.
- Could help fight cancer, due the presence of citral, an anti-cancer property.
- It is an effective anti-inflammatory and anti-septic.
- Can be used to treat colds and flu due to the balsamic action coming from its volatile oils.
- Helps detoxify the system and aids good digestions due to its anti-microbial properties.
- Helps gastritis and heartburn because of its anti-acidic properties.
- Can help regulate cholesterol thanks to the presence of anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis particles.
- It purifies the whole body, which in turn leads to clearer skin.
- Drinking lemongrass tea can aid weight loss as it help to breakdown fat cells more speedily.
Lemongrass can be chopped and added to most dishes including soups, stews and curries.
Be aware that raw lemongrass is quite potent and should not be eaten on its own.