Lemongrass,also known as Capim-cidrao,Fever Tea,Melissa Grass,and Sereh,is native to tropical Southeast Asia.
- Basic Botanical Info of Lemongrass.
- Introduction and Plant Description:Cymbopogon Schoenanthus.
- How to grow lemongrass.
- Lemongrass Main constituents and Phytochemicals.
- Lemon grass and its Origin:Cymbopogon Schoenanthus.
- How to Use Lemongrass.
- Pharmacology and Activities:Lemongrass Actions and Indications.
- Herbal remedies using Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus).
- Medicinal Uses of Lemongrass.
- Lemon Grass Preparations and Use Guide.
- Administration and Suggestions:Lemongrass.
- Using Lemongrass Essential oil.
- Research Update:lemongrass.
Lemon Grass Preparations and Use Guide.:
The optimum daily dosage of lemongrass, which is available as fresh or dried herb or as lemongrass oil, has not been established with any certainty. Because lemongrass has been recommended for so many different purposes, and can be used internally and externally, consumers are advised to consult a doctor experienced in the use of alternative remedies to determine proper dosage. There is a significant difference between the external use of a few drops of essential oil, and the use of larger amounts of the herb in a tincture or tea.
Lemongrass tea can be prepared by steeping 1~2 tsp of the herb (fresh or dried) in a cup of boiling water. The mixture should be strained after 10~15 minutes. The tea is generally taken several times a day. In Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices, John Heinerman recommends using one cup of lemongrass tea every four hours to reduce fever. In the Green Pharmacy, prominent herbalist James Duke recommends drinking one to four cups of lemongrass tea a day to benefit from its anti-fungal properties. The used tea bags can also be applied externally as fungi-fighting compresses, according to the author.
To alleviate gas or persistent vomiting, Heinerman recommends a dose of 3~6 drops of lemongrass oil (the Cymbopogon citratus variety). It may be placed on a sugar cube or mixed with 1 tsp of real vanilla flavor before swallowing. For sciatica, lower back pain, sprains, tendinitis, and rheumatism, the author suggests rubbing 10 drops of the essential oil onto the skin of the affected areas.
Mussels with Lemon Grass:
This is a light and flavorful recipe that blends elements of the far east with those of Europe. Good served either as a first course for 8, or dinner for 4.
2 TBLS olive oil
3 plump lemon grass
1/2 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, smashed
3/4 cup white wine
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/8 cup chopped cilantro
2 lbs Prince Edward Island mussels, beards removed
salt and pepper to taste.
Put the oil in a stainless steel pot large enough to hold all the ingredients. Turn the heat to medium. Strip the course, dry outer leaves from the lemon grass. Cut off the base where the root begins and discard. Cut the bulb into rings about 1/4 thick. Only go up about 4 or 5 inches, where the bulb stays white and tender.
When the oil is hot add the lemon grass and stir for a minute. This helps to release the flavorful oils. Add the onions and cook over medium until they begin to turn golden, approximately three minutes. Add the garlic, white wine, pepper flakes and cilantro, and continue to cook 2 more minutes to blend flavors. Add the mussels to the pot, cover with a lid, and turn up the heat to high. This will steam the mussels open.
Check in a few minutes to see if the majority of mussels have opened. If so, ladle them into serving dishes, being sure to discard any that have not opened as they are unsafe to eat. Taste the broth and add salt and pepper if necessary. Strain the broth onto the mussels and serve at once.
How to make lemon grass herbal tea:
The leaves are used for making the brew.
Making herbal tea:The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.
Fresh plant material:When the recipe refers to fresh plant material to be used, a 1/4 cup fresh material is used, following the method above.
Dried material:When the recipe refers to using dried material, use 2 teaspoons of material when making it.
Bark or seeds:Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 teaspoons of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.
Sweetening your infusion:You could sweeten your health drink with honey, should you so require, and a dash of fresh lemon juice may also enhance the taste.
General warning when using herbal infusions:
Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it really the herb in question.
If you are ill or have any health concerns, consult your health practitioner.
Do not continuously drink the same infusion. At maximum use for 10 days and then skip 5 days.
Only have one cup of herbal infusion per day, except during acute periods - such as when you have a cold or flu, you can then have it three times a day, but for a maximum of 4 days.
When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.
-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
- 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 stalks Lemongrass, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 large green onion
- 1 cup of long grain white rice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan and turn heat to medium. Add onion and tumeric.Saute 5 minutes or until tender, then add rice and mix. Add the water, lemongrass, and salt to taste, and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed - 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the lemongrass. Heat remaining oil and add green onion.Saute just to heat through, and add to rice mixture.Serves 4.
Sweet Lemongrass Blend:
- One handful of Lemongrass leaves - about 12
- 3 cups of cold water
- 1/4 cup of sugar syrup (To make sugar syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened - set aside and let cool).
Cut the lemongrass into 2 inch lengths, and then measure out 1 1/2 cups. Combine the leaves with the other ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed until the water is green and the lemongrass has been ground well. Strain well, then serve in tall glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
Lemongrass in Magic and Superstition:
Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually - Eileen Caddy
Lemongrass is bound to Mercury and air. It is said to repel dragons and serpents, and is burned, bathed in, or carried on the person for lust, fidelity, honesty, growth, strength, psychic powers, and purification.
Plant Lemongrass around the home to repel serpent energy. Drink a Tea to aid in psychic abilities and divination. Carry it in a sachet or charm to attract the object of your desire and to bring honesty to your relationships. Burn as an incense for strength and purification. Put a handful of leaves in a mesh bag and place under the tap water for a purification bath, and to attract and keep a lover.
- 1.Lemongrass,also known as Capim-cidrao,Fever Tea,Melissa Grass,and Sereh,is native to tropical Southeast Asia.
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