Lemongrass Tea for Health and Wight Loss

People used herbs and herbal teas since ancient times.  Lemongrass and mint are among people’s favorite herbs for their ability to sooth, tone and calm people during stressful times or at the end of the working day.

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lemongrass tea for weight loss

What is lemongrass?

Lemongrass is the plant that grows in India, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand.  We know about 55 species of lemongrass. 

This plant was used for medicinal purposes as well as for its fragrant incense.  People in Asia used it as a spice in cooking to bring a hint of citrus aroma to the dish. Nowadays, this plant is very popular thanks to Thai tom-kha-gai soup, as well as herbal teas.

I love adding lemongrass to my soups and teas.  I really enjoy fresh citrusy aroma and unique flavor it brings to the food and beverages. 

If you’ve are familiar with this plant – you know what I am talking about, right?  How can you not like its aroma and freshness.

If you have never tried it – please, do so.  You will love it.

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Lemongrass tea benefits

Beverages with this beautiful plant have a profound number of benefits to our well-being:

  • It has calming and soothing effect. This is one of the main reasons this plant is so popular and loved.  It is able to reduce stress, normalize sleep and even treat insomnia.
  • It strengthens the immune system and increases body’s ability to fight colds, infections and viruses
  • It regulates digestive system: improves digestion, eliminates gas, and reduces heartburn and nausea.
  • Reduces headaches and even migraines
  • Lemongrass is very effective in eliminating toxins caused by poisoning: it cleanses urinary system and kidneys.
  • It is very effective in weight loss: drinks with lemongrass suppress appetite and do not contain any calories. 
  • Some people believe that lemongrass drinks increase milk production in nursing mothers.
  • This tea is also beneficial to people with anemia.
  • It has lots of antioxidants that are recommended for cancer prevention.

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lemongrass tea with lemon

How to make lemongrass tea

There are many ways you can brew this tea and combine with different herbs and even juices.  Lemongrass has a very light citrusy flavor.

Ordinary lemon could be a good lemongrass substitute however, lemon has stronger flavor.

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Classic Lemongrass Tea recipe

1 tablespoon of dried lemongrass

1 glass (250 ml) of boiling water.

Pour boiling water over the plant and let infuse for about 5 minutes or longer.  Strain the tea and enjoy.  You can add some honey or any other sweetener to your liking.

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Lemongrass Ginger Tea

This lemongrass and ginger tea is excellent during cold and flu seasons because it boosts your immune system.  It combines exceptional properties of two powerful ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of fresh ginger root (cut in small cubes)

1 tablespoon of dry lemongrass

1 teaspoon of green or black tea

1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water.

·         Mix all ingredients together in a tea pot.  

·         Pour boiling water over.

·         Let steep for 5-7 minutes

·         Enjoy

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Calming Lemongrass and Mint Tea for Deep Sleep

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of dried lemongrass tea

1 tablespoon of cut fresh mint

1 tablespoon of caffeine-free tea (or decaffeinated)

1 cup of boiling water (250 ml)

·         Mix all ingredients together in a tea pot.  

·         Pour boiling water over.

·         Let steep for 5-7 minutes

·         If you wish, add honey, it will enhance calming and relaxing effect

·         Enjoy

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Is it OK to drink lemongrass tea every day? How much lemongrass tea should i drink per day?

You can drink this tea every day, however, you should drink 1-2 cups only and no more.

Also, very important:

Do not drink tea for more than 2 consecutive weeks.

Drink tea for 2 weeks.  Then take a break for 1 week.  You have to take a break!

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Lemongrass tea and weight loss

People who are trying to lose weight love drinking lemongrass tea.  This tea suppresses an appetite which is very important if you are counting calories, trying to reduce portions and not starve all day.

In addition this tea acts as diuretic and laxative. So this tea will help you to remove excessive fluids from your body (especially if you have water retention).

This tea also increases digestion, cleanse guts detoxifies liver.

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Lemongrass tea for Weight Loss with Ginger and Mint

1 finely chopped lemongrass stalk

1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh ginger root

1-2  table spoons of mint

1 liter of boiling water

½ lemon – juice

Optional: zero calories sweetener 

Recipe:

·         Put in a glassware all ingredients

·         Pour boiling water

·         Cover with lid and leave for 5 minutes

·         Strain, add lemon juice and sweetener (optional)

·         Drink hot or cold throughout the day

·         Do not drink for more than 1 week (take a break for a week)

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Lemongrass tea side effects

Side effects are not pleasant and include dizziness, drowsiness, increased appetite and thirst.  Do not exceed recommended dose of 1-2 cups a day.

If you are following weight loss plan (1 liter of tea a day), do not take if for longer than 1 week.

If you feel any mentioned side effects, please, stop using the tea and talk to you doctor.

lemongrass tea side effects

Who should not be drinking lemongrass tea?

If you are using plant for cooking, then there are no side effects, except for individual intolerance.

However, the following people should not drink the tea or consult their doctor before using the tea:

·         Children under the age of 12;

·         Pregnant women and nursing mothers;

·         People with anxiety;

·         People with high blood pressure;

·         People with glaucoma;

·         People who suffer from epilepsy attacks;

·         People who have problems with kidneys;

·         People who have insomnia (I know we talked about lemongrass tea helping you to calm and sleep.  However, insomnia is an illness that should be managed by a doctor).

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How to choose and store lemongrass

You can mostly find lemongrass in any Asian supermarket. However, now days you can probably buy it at any major supermarkets.  I live in Toronto, I often buy it at some local regular supermarkets.

Look for stock with thick root part, the longer and heavier the stems, the more nutrients they contain.  It is fine if stocks have slightly withered ends, as long as they are not dry.

As soon as you bring plant home, wrap it tightly in a paper (I use paper towel) and put in your fridge in a vegetable box.  Usually stalks will last up to 2 weeks if preserved this way.  I personally freeze my lemongrass and it stays in the freezer forever and still has its aroma and taste.

You can also finely chop the stalks and dry them.  Keep them in an airtight glass container.  You can make your tea with dried stalks, or you can grind dry species in a coffee grinder (I use my cheap simple blender) and use them as spices.  

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lemongrass and ginger

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As you can see, lemongrass is an amazing plant that has many benefits.  It helps with digestions, strengthens immune system, and aids in weight loss.  However, as with any plant and herb, you have to be careful, study side effects and contraindications for use.  

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