Lemongrass grows wild in Southeast Asia and Africa. The native people of these countries have been using it for its medicinal purposes since ancient times. One of the primary reasons why so many people swear by the power of lemongrass tea is for its help in curing insomnia and calming the body down.

How to make Lemon Grass Tea

Ingredients

-2 lemongrass stalks
-A pinch of ground cinnamon
-Honey or sugar to sweeten (optional)
-Boiling water
-1 tea bag
-Juice from ½ lime

Method:

1. Cut off the root end of the lemongrass stalk and remove any of the any dry outer leaves. Gently bruise the base of the stalk with a rolling pin.

2. Tie the lemongrass in a knot and place in a cup with cinnamon and sweeteners if using.

3. Pour in the boiling water. Add a tea bag and remove as soon as the water is golden brown.

4. Add lime juice to taste and serve with a lemongrass stirrer.

10 Reason to Drink Lemongrass Tea Daily

Insomnia

Lemongrass tea aids in calming the muscles and nerves which helps in inducing deep sleep. Many study shown that lemongrass tea has sedative and hypnotic properties which help in increasing the duration and quality of sleep.

Anti-Cancer Properties

It has been found that 1 gram of lemongrass contains enough Citral to prompt cancer cells to commit suicide! Citral has been shown to cause apoptosis (self destruct) in cancer cells.

Anti-Oxidants

Lemongrass tea help our body to clean toxic to clean our whole body of the toxic compounds present in foods, these types of harmful toxins can be quite damaging to the entire body therefore a good cup of herbal tea can help eliminate these types of toxins from the system.

Helps Digestion

Lemongrass tea promotes healthy digestion. It has antiseptic compounds that effectively kill bad bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract and repopulate the good bacteria in the colon.

Lowering Fever

Lemongrass is also known as the ‘fever grass’, its anti-pyretic and diaphoretic effect of lemongrass is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine for curing fevers by inducing sweating.

Reduces Arthritis Pain

It has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that helps us to treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout and joint pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties help suppress the activity of cyclooxygenase-2, an enzyme involved in inflammation that causes pain, especially in joints.

Lowers Cholesterol

The anti-atherosclerosis properties of this herb prevents the intestine from absorbing excess cholesterol. Additionally, it helps oxidate bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood, indirectly preventing the build-up of plaque in the arteries.

Improves Eye Health

Lemongrass tea can assist you to keep the eyes in optimal health, since it includes vitamin A. Vitamin A not just performs a crucial role within your defense mechanisms, but it also performs a crucial role within your eye health as well.

Fights Depression

The antidepressant properties of lemongrass help treat depression. It activates the release of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that combats depression. Lemongrass relieves anxiety, boosts self esteem, uplifts spirits, gives confidence and improves mental strength.

Sources:

1) http://www.lemongrasstea.org/

2) http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/top-10-health-benefits-lemongrass.html

3) http://finest-herbal-tea.com/2010/04/the-benefits-of-lemon-grass-tea/