Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a tall, perennial grass native to the tropical and sub-tropical climates of Asia, Australia and Africa. India is the highest producer of lemongrass. In African and Latin American cultures, lemongrass is frequently used (fresh or dried) to make tea. The lower stalk of the lemongrass is widely used as an herb in cooking in Asian cuisine. Its mild citrus flavor is can be used in soups, poultry and seafood dishes in its fresh, powered or dried format. When cooking with lemongrass, it’s usually best to remove all the outer layers, leaving just the tender white inner stalk.
The oil extracted from lemongrass can be used for several different household purposes. Lemongrass oil is most often used as a natural pest repellent in gardens to ward off insects. The oil is also used as an insect repellant ingredient in sprays, candles, soaps and aromatherapy. Lemon Grass has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it an essential ingredient in household disinfectants.
Health Benefits of Lemongrass Tea: