What Is Lemongrass? 6 Suprising Health Benefits of Lemongrass Tea
12 Dec 2019 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
Lemongrass, is popular in many countries throughout the world, mainly due to its amazing health benefits, taste and it because of its light scent. This plant has a variety of nutritional favors, the benefits and properties of lemongrass are surprising. What is a lemongrass plant? What are the benefits and properties of lemongrass? How to make lemongrass tea? Know it in depth!
What is lemongrass?
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a tall, perennial grass in a class of about 45 species of grasses native to the tropical and sub-tropical climates of Asia, Australia and Africa. India is the highest producer of lemongrass (producing over 2 million pounds per year), where it is cultivated along the mountain range of the Western Ghats and beside the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim in the Himalayan mountains.
Lemongrass grows spectacularly well in Teatulia®’s USDA-certified organic tea garden in Northern Bangladesh, which borders India and is nestled against the Himalayan mountains.
Benefits of Lemongrass :
1 Respiratory Disorders
Lemongrass is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing effects in treating cough and cold. Along with other beneficial components, the vitamin C content present in it may help in providing relief from nasal blockages, flu and other respiratory disorders such as bronchial asthma.
2. Helps Lower Cholesterol
Study Shows that lemongrass highly possess anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties that support healthy cholesterol levels.
3. Anticancer Potential
Lemongrass as seen may be effective in preventing the growth of cancer cells without affecting the healthy cells of the body. Research conducted by various groups shows lemongrass has shown promising outcomes in the prevention of skin cancer. This is mainly because of the presence of a chemical compound called citral in lemon grass body.
4. Helps Treat Infections :
Lemongrass also works as an antiseptic and is effective in treating infections such as ringworm, sores, Athlete’s Foot, scabies, and urinary tract infections (UTI) because of its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. It is also seen in treatment of various diseases such as oral or vaginal candidiasis.
5. Skin Care :
Lemongrass has been also recognized as a skin tonic and makes an effective cleanser for oily or acne-prone skin, due to its astringent and antiseptic qualities in it. It helps in strengthening the skin tissues and toning up the pores while also sterilizing them.
6. Boosts Immunity :
Lemongrass extracts have a beneficial effect on the inflammatory actions of cytokines, which are the signaling molecules through which the cells communicate and respond to the body. Studies have shown that lemongrass exerts anti-inflammatory action and its constituent, citral, may be the cause of its inhibitory effect on cytokine production.