Incredible Health Benefits Of Lemongrass Tea
Like many types of tea, lemongrass is used for things other than tea. Interestingly enough, it also goes by the name citronella. It is used is much of the Thai culture’s cuisine and is also the primary ingredient in bug repellents.
It can be used for anything from aromatherapy as an essential oil to a tea for aiding in sleep. Here is a list of some of the best health benefits lemongrass tea has to offer:
1. It has antioxidant properties
When I first heard of “lemongrass,” I assumed it was added as part of a drink or food’s flavor profile. In addition to having a flavor similar to the lemon fruit, it boasts a load of antioxidants.
Those contained in lemongrass, chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin, can help ‘remove’ free radicals from your system. It could even help keep the cells of your coronary arteries healthy for longer than normally expected.
2. It has antimicrobial properties
You ever get tired of having to wash out your mouth with something like Listerine or another minty mouth wash? Great news for those who love lemongrass tea. It’s not just flavorful but can help one maintain dental hygiene without even knowing it.
The antimicrobial properties can help with any oral infections or cavities that you may have accumulated. A 2012 National Institutes of Health study found that the essential oil had an antimicrobial edge on the Streptococcus mutans bacterium. For those unaware, it is responsible for most dental infections and decay.
3. It has anti-inflammatory properties
Inflammation is responsible for a lot of secondary symptoms related to illness. Things like a fever or cold may cause the sinuses or throat to become inflamed.
The combination of citral and geranial, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is the likely substance responsible for lemongrass tea’s purpose as an anti-inflammatory asset.
4. It May Reduce Cancer Risk
Considering the viciousness that the illness can hit with, any edge we can get over cancer is very welcome. There are a few “cancer cell lines” that can be put in check with the citral contained in lemongrass.
Citral can do one of two things while in your system: either cause cancer cell death directly or provide enough of a boost that your immune system begins to destroy the disease.
While lemongrass tea may have anticancer benefits, speak to your doctor before ceasing any cancer treatment.
5. It may help promote healthy digestion
This is a problem that many adults have, though they would not readily admit it. Even with the healthiest of diets, I have my own set of problems. Lemongrass tea is a great way to treat a stomach upset from a recent meal or as a substitute for that popular pink liquid.
Water is great for stomach cramp, but the relief that it provides is nothing compared to that of lemongrass tea. Its healing benefits to the digestive system can even have an effect against gastric ulcers, something that is very hard to treat with traditional medicine.
6. It may act as a diuretic
Anything classified as a diuretic is usually something that will allow someone to micturate (or urinate) more often than normal. This process removes excess fluid and other toxins from the body. One might have been prescribed such pills if they’ve ever experienced heart failure, liver failure, or edema.
7. It may help reduce high systolic blood pressure
A 2012 study found in a group of more than sixty men, that ingestion of lemongrass tea could lower systolic blood pressure and increase diastolic blood pressure. A significant (but healthy) decrease in the heart rate was also recorded in participants.
Though it can help regulate blood pressure, one must take lemongrass tea in moderation as with all other natural medicines.
8. It may help regulate your cholesterol
This may come in handy if your cholesterol is higher than normal like mine. Research has shown that the amount of cholesterol lowered with lemongrass oil extract had a direct correlation to the size of the dose.
The essential oil of lemongrass, according to research, is safe in doses of up to 100mg per.
9. It may help you lose weight
If you exercise regularly and you see a different in shape but not weight, you are simply losing fat at the same rate muscle is forming. On your days off from exercising, you can have a drink of lemongrass tea to detox and get your metabolism going.
Lemongrass tea is a great replacement for soft-drinks or heavily dyed fruit-flavored beverages. Remember not to overdo it, though. Switch out your tea with water and other healthy alternatives to keep yourself from having too much tea.