Lemongrass Tea for Stress Relief
Lemongrass Tea - Cymbopogon citratus Strap
Used part: Leaf
Scientifically called Cymbopogon citratus, the lemongrass belongs to the Gramineae family. It is also known as holy grass. Its origin is in India and it is considered an herb, being able to reach up to two meters in height. Its development occurs in tropical areas and in warmer climates. Perennial, small and good plant to grow in the diverse soils, it can offer benefits through the leaves, rhizomes and roots fresh or dry.
The holy grass is composed of essential oils rich in limonene, citral, myrcene, dipentene, geraniol and cymbogonol. Its use is very common in alternative medicine, in cooking and is also widely used by the cosmetics industry, who take advantage of its aroma to develop hygiene and cleaning products.
In the medicinal use, the lemongrass is especially used in the combat to worms, as the nematóides and its essential oil acts against bacteria. In addition, five of its components inhibit blood clotting. It is widely used popularly in the form of poultices to treat arthritis pains and in baths to relieve sore muscles.
In general, the properties of the holy grass are: analgesic, antispasmodic, insecticide, repellent and antimicrobial. They guarantee you efficiency in cases of kidney problems, diarrhea, soothing, stomach pains and fever.
Because of the citral, the holy grass fights fungi and bacteria and it is common to see it as part of the composition of home cleaning products such as disinfectants, detergents and soaps. Citral is the active principle used to ward off mosquitoes from some repellents. When it is consumed, citral helps the body to better absorb vitamin A. Those who have open wounds may also use the herb as an antiseptic, to keep themselves free from infections, thanks to their antifungal action.
In addition, some people use holy grass to combat the symptoms of depression and accumulated stress. The herb poultice also helps patients relieve the symptoms of arthritis and muscle aches.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- Help digestion and is used to treat stomach problems
- Treat bloating
- Skin infections
- Muscle pain
- Cough, asthma and phlegm
- Athlete's foot
- Liver diseases
- Kidneys problems
- Muscle tension
- Oily skin
- In a liter of boiling water, put 2 tablespoons of the herb and let it boil
- Turn off the heat and set aside for ten minutes
- Strain and drink
How to drink:
Take 1 cup 3 to 4 times a day
Compresses: Prepare the tea and then dunk a piece of clean cloth on it, applying in the sore region. Leave on for at least 15 minutes.
Juice with lemon: Grind in the blender 40 leaves of the holy grass with 1 liter of ice water and then strain. Add the juice of 2 lemons and sugar to taste. Consumption should be immediate.
When used externally it can cause skin burns if there is sun exposure. Therefore, it is necessary to wash the treated area after each use. Because it is a diuretic, this plant can still cause an excessive decrease in blood pressure and cause fainting. In this way, it is advisable to avoid exceeding the recommended amount of tea of this plant per day.
The holy grass is contraindicated in cases of strong abdominal pain with no apparent cause, as well as during pregnancy because it can cause abortion.