Lemongrass ( Cymbopogon citratus)
4 oz resealable pouch
Lemongrass also called citronella grass.is not the same as citronella. However, lemongrass has been used in combination with citronella oil in many commercial products. This is why many articles about garden plant repellents for mosquitoes’ mention planting lemon grass and lemongrass is used to make citronella oil. Its tall stalk is loaded with slender grass fronds that have a salicylic feel meaning it’s rough at the edges and if not handle properly can cut. Because lemongrass is known for its lemony scent and taste it’s been used in Asian cuisine for years. It’s also used as medicine due it’s beneficial properties such as antioxidants, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-cancerous, and anti-inflammatory. Lemongrass also is known to aid in digestive issues, cholesterol, weight loss, high blood pressure, PMS, relieve nausea, prevent gastric ulcers, act as a pain reliever. Lemongrass can be used in hair care products, soaps and teas as well. Lemongrass is a very attractive plant in the garden but in winter it can be temperamental so make sure you give its last good quench of water right before the first frost and prune it down almost to its base to make sure it returns the following year.
The appropriate way for a good cup of tea is never microwave your water but boil about 2 cups of distilled, or spring water for best taste. Add 1-2 tsp of chopped herb of your choice to a cup, using a tea ball, strainer or even a coffee filter if you like. Pour water over herbs cover with a saucer, plate, top etc. and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Add honey and/or lemon to taste. Here’s the most important part: DONT THROW away your beautiful herbs. Save the pulp for another cup later and to receive the maximum benefits of your tea at least drink 3 cups daily.
This information is not to treat, cure or diagnose but for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician before using any herbs and supplements