Latin name: Cymbopogon citratus
Taken as tea – brewed for 5 minutes in boiled water
Works as: Anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial, antioxidant
Useful for: Menstrual cramps, fighting off infections, preventing infections, helps maintain healthy blood sugar so possibly useful in managing pre-diabetics.
Precautions: There are no known precautions for drinking lemongrass, so it is considered safe drunk by pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, and safe for children to drink.
Lemongrass helps the gut to tighten and is suitable as an after-dinner drink. It tastes great combined with ginger or peppermint tea and I sometimes have a cup of ginger and lemongrass tea first thing of the day.
Lemongrass is an abundant herb within the sub-tropical regions of the world. It’s widely used in Africa, Asia and South America.