May 3, 2011

Lemongrass - Herb NeedsTo Know

Lemongrass is a well-known herb which used for cooking and traditional medicine by people in Asia countries. It is usually added to dishes to give strong and fresh aroma of lemon, as well as it can give a refreshing taste. You are able to purchase this herb in market or discover it in a plant nursery.

Types of Lemongrass Plants
Sometimes people are a little bit confused of recognizing between lemongrass, citronella and other types of lemongrass. Lemongrass is in fact a group of 55 grasses, which named  Cymbopogon. While, generally referred to lemongrass is in fact a type of plant including to the family which has scientific name - Cymbopogon citratus. It is sometimes confused with citronella plant, which includes to the same family but has a different flavor than lemongrass (C. citratus). This is due to citronella plant blade look similar, but individuals who are cultivating lemongrass plants and citronella, or are into aromatherapy, know the difference. If you look closer you will discover blades of lemongrass more sleeker, also the pseudo stems of citronella plant is red, however lemongrass color is green.

Lemongrass Oil Uses
If you get difficulty to store the fresh herb, you can take lemongrass oil as practical way in using this herb. Oil of lemongrass has many benefits to discover. It becomes an excellent natural mosquito repellent. So try a simple salad or soup recipe using fresh lemongrass stalk, to enjoy the taste of this herb. Or use lemongrass essential oil for aromatherapy.

Lemongrass Tea
It is known to reduce stress and calm down the body so it is good for people suffering from stress and insomnia. It is really good for any chest congestion, including coughs, colds and similar ailments. It is also a good choice if you are nauseous. It can be a good for detoxifying your body, particularly the liver, kidneys and pancreas. It is a good tea to use if you want to do a colon cleanse as well as it is good for the whole digestive tract. It is also known to be good for your skin. Many people with arthritis also feel that this tea helps with their arthritis pain. Lemongrass tea has a refreshing taste and aroma. 

It's easy to make lemongrass tea when you know how to treat the lemongrass.

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