(NaturalHealth365) Lemon grass is a tropical herb used in Asian cooking that is also known for its medicinal properties. While it has no association with lemons, it does have a citrus smell and taste. Its long, thin blades of grass are aromatic and contain a multitude of health-supporting properties.
Lemon grass is packed with essential vitamins and minerals like A, C, calcium, magnesium, folate, iron, zinc, potassium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and traces of B vitamins. Citronella oil and candles is made from lemon grass; however, it can also be steeped and brewed into a very healthy tea.
The following are nine of the top benefits of drinking lemon grass tea:
Drinking lemon grass tea can help to flush out toxins and waste products from the body. This in turn supports kidney, bladder and liver health.
2. Lowers cholesterol
Lemon grass also contains compounds that support healthy cholesterol levels, reducing LDL and raising the HDL component.
3. Anti-microbial and anti-fungal
Drinking lemon grass tea regularly can assist with fighting pathogens that could otherwise lead to infections, gastrointestinal issues, and other microbial health problems. Some of the infections that can be fought by drinking lemon grass tea include candida, ringworm, scabies, urinary tract infections, and infections from cuts or sores.
4. Reduces fever
Lemon grass has been called “fever grass” due to its ability to soothe and lower fevers.
5. Cuts down cold and flu symptoms
Lemon grass tea also eases respiratory disorders like colds, coughs, flu, sinus issues and bronchial asthma.
Inflammation is one of the main factors in numerous diseases, and it can also exacerbate aches, pains and headaches. Drinking lemon grass tea eases chronic inflammation and the pain that can often accompany it.
7. Soothes insomnia and nervous system disorders
A cup of lemon grass tea can calm the nerves and muscles to aid in more peaceful sleep. It also promotes a healthier nervous system and can assist in the fight against anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and chronic fatigue.
8. Regulates blood sugar and type 2 diabetes
Lemon grass tea contains the compound citral, which has been shown to help maintain optimal insulin levels and support better glucose tolerance in the body. This can in turn fight blood sugar imbalances and type 2 diabetes.
9. Helps to defeat cancer
Studies have shown that lemon grass can help fight cancer while leaving healthy cells intact. This is due to the compound citral and its effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory. It effectively blocks cancer cell growth while inducing apoptosis, or cell death, in cancer cells.
Lemon grass tea is packed with healing properties and can support health in many areas. It seems to work at a cellular level, protecting you from free radical damage, rapidly expelling toxins, and stimulating the production and regeneration of cells.
From healing infections, inflammation and cancer to supporting overall immune system health, drinking this potent tea can help keep you healthy.
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