I was surprised to know that lemon grass, apart from being an anti bacterial and anti fungal, is also a digestive and helps in digestion. It helps to cope with cold and cough. Lemon grass also relieves stress and lowers cholesterol. It helps in detoxifying the body and helps to cope with blood pressure. It aides blood circulation and relieves menstrual cramps. These pointers listed above are only a few among the many benefits. After reading through the article, for once I was happy about my habit of impulsive buying.
Lemon grass tea served hot or cold makes a very refreshing drink. It takes only a few minutes to make and will have an instant calming effect sans caffeine. I have used honey as a sweetener here. But you can use sugar to sweeten this as well.
Spiced lemon grass tea recipe:
Preparation time: 5min
Makes- 2 cups
Dried lemon grass- 2tbsp
Water- 2 cups
Cinnamon- 1" piece
Cardamom- 2, deseeded
Ginger- 1/2" piece grated
Honey or sugar-to taste
Lemon juice- 1tsp
- Take water in sauce pan. Add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and grated ginger and bring to a boil and simmer for a few min.
- Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to stand for a minute.
- Strain the liquid into cups. Add some lime juice and honey or sugar to taste and serve.