Despite its name, lemongrass has nothing biologically in common with lemons besides a similar fragrance and taste. However, the two different species of plant life do share something else in common: an ability to disinfect.
Lemongrass is a unique tropical herb that grows long like hardened grass, and it is mostly used as a fragrance-enhancer for many Asian dishes. You do not want to chew and swallow lemongrass, but rather pulverize it to release its natural oils. The bulb, stem and leaves of the lemongrass can be used due to their different health benefits. You can access the phytonutrients and essential oils the body loves by boiling the blades of grass, making a tea. And better yet: the phytonutrients cannot be destroyed by heat! You can also juice the grass to release their natural liquids, as well.
But there’s a reason why Asian cultures protect their precious lemongrass and add it to so many dishes. Lemongrass improves a number of chronic conditions thanks to its enormous medical advantages. For example, lemongrass is a source of vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, and folate, as well as some B vitamins — just to name a few.
There are so many health benefits of lemongrass
Similar to a lemon’s acidic ability to disinfect, lemongrass also has certain antiseptic agents; ones that eliminate the harmful micro organisms (parasites, fungal, yeast, bacteria, etc.) in the digestive system, while at the same time preserving the good bacteria.
Regularly drinking lemongrass teas or adding the stalks to broth can produce some incredible health benefits like weight loss, better skin, improved mood, better sleep, and better-functioning digestive health.
Many cultures also believe that lemongrass possesses a detoxifying element that helps cleanse the pancreas, bladder, liver, kidneys, and arteries. Yeast and other fungal inflammatories cannot survive in its presence, making it a wonderful natural remedy to candida and other gut issues, too.
And lastly, if all of that wasn’t enough, lemongrass is high in iron, which is fundamental for the synthesis of hemoglobin (the protein in red cells in charge of conveying oxygen all through the body). It is therefore useful for treating different kinds of anemia, particularly those subsequent from iron deficiency.