The benefits of lemongrass are numerous. It’s full of antioxidants, caffeine-free, has a calming effect and can help with insomnia, detoxifies the body, has natural vitamins and minerals that can lower blood pressure, and has even been shown to cause cancer cells to die off. On top of all that, it helps clear your skin. I’m sold. Since it is a natural diuretic you should not drink this all day long; moderation is the key. I keep it to one glass per day. After doing some research the only people that need to stay clear of lemongrass are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. One of the benefits of the tea is that it helps stimulate the uterus so if you’re pregnant there is fear that it could cause uterine contractions. I just used the word uterus in a food blog…didn’t see that one coming did you?!
Last week, my mom was so sweet and bought me some lemongrass at the Farmer’s Market. She got me about 10 stems and it was $3. I call them the “big” Dillon’s in Wichita because there are Dillon’s stores that carry regular groceries and then there are the “big” ones that have TONS of groceries. At the “big” Dillon’s last week I saw lemongrass in the produce section and it was $1.99 for two stems. Much more expensive than the Farmer’s Market, but still available at the grocery store which is good to know. When my mom gave me the lemongrass last week, my brother Tyler knew exactly what it was and wanted me to leave him some so he could make his own. Then, just Saturday his friend was at the football game with us and she makes it all the time. Clearly-I have been out of the loop…so, apologies if I am sharing something that everyone already knows all about, but I just learned to make it.
|Place approximately 3 cups of water in a saucepan and add lemongrass. Bring to a boil and let boil/simmer for about 20 minutes. You will lose some of the water, but it should not run out.|
|Strain your liquid into a pitcher. You want a small strainer, so I used my tea pot and strained it through that mesh. You could also use a flour sifter if you don't have a tiny strainer.|