Benefits of Lemongrass Tea
A breezy evening, a great book, some crisp cookies and a steaming hot cup of lemongrass tea - what else could one want? A refreshing beverage, lemongrass tea is also delightfully healthy. The citrusy flavours of lemongrass blend beautifully and make a delicious cup of herbal tea. This perennial plant can be grown easily in your garden or indoors as a potted plant. It requires nothing more than some sun, rich soil and plenty of water. The pleasant citrusy taste is like a reminder of bright and cheerful days. As the name suggests, lemongrass has the fragrance of lemon but it is milder and sweeter in taste. It is often used in Thai and may other Asian cuisines for its potent flavour. Interestingly, lemongrass has been used in India for many years for medicinal purposes and is also an Ayurvedic favourite. Need a health boost? Lemongrass tea does more than just making you feel good from within. You can chop the grass, put it in water, bring it to a boil and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you add the lemongrass pieces in teapot and let it brew. Make sure you steep it well, it helps to reap the plant’s benefits in an easily digestible form. Alternatively, you can dip a tea bag with dried lemongrass for ease. Taking another healthy step forward, you could choose to have herbal lemongrass tea which is free from caffeine and tannins. Herbal teas have everyone talking recently. They are an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water. Let’s be honest, you will get many more benefits from a herbal cup of tea than a vitamin pill. In fact, a ‘Teatox’ refers to the addition of a few cups of herbal teas to compliment a healthy diet. It is a better way to detox rather than going on a complete liquid diet. Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood shares some benefits of drinking lemongrass tea regularly.