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I have made many references to my early childhood and I keep making them, I know. However, this is only telling how many more experiences I am yet to share with you, my ardent readers and this brings us to what I will refer to as “my lemongrass story“:
On a fateful day, I caught the flu -the runny nose type doesn’t seem to dry up on time- with a terrible fever, spiking temperature and a terrible headache that comes from constant nose blows. It was very dreary. My parents promptly took me to see our family doctor and as usual tears and screams rented the air as two solid injections were administered on my tender behind. What followed after was my condition gradually declining even though my mom followed the doctor’s prescriptions accordingly. But after all was said and done, it soon became obvious that I needed another remedy and possibly a more experienced hand.
Eventually came my grandmother to the rescue, bearing her famous and never-failing lemongrass tea concoction. I call it a concoction because it was concocted: lime, traces of ginger and honey were added into the mix and surprisingly it tasted really good. Shortly after downing the two cups of lemongrass concoction, I fell into a deep sleep. When I woke up, I was drenched in my own sweat and as if by some miraculous intervention, my runny nose and fever had also disappeared! Which brings me here because I thought about not only sharing my wonderful story with you guys but to also share the amazing health benefits of LEMONGRASS.
Lemongrass (Citronella) health benefits
Lemongrass is a tall, stalky plant with a fresh lemon aroma and citrus flavour. It is a known remedy for relieving pain, reducing stress, inducing sleep and boosting immunity. It’s also used as a homemade bug repellant, for aromatherapy to freshen the air and uplift the spirit. Other health benefits of lemongrass are listed below:
- It helps regulate cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart failure and stroke.
- It may help you lose weight if used as a detox tea.
- It may help reduce systolic blood pressure(measures the pressure in the arteries).
- It may help soothe stomach upset and other digestive problems.
- It has antioxidant properties that create radicals to fight against diseases.
- It has antimicrobial properties that fight against tooth decay.
- It may help reduce the pain from menstrual cramps, bloating and hot flashes.
Recognized Side Effects
These are some of the recognized side effects of taking lemongrass:
- Dry mouth
- Increased hunger
- Increased urination.
Known Allergic Reactions
Also, there are known allergic reactions to lemongrass and they include:
- Rapid heart rates
- Difficulty in breathing.
These category of people are strongly advised not to consume lemongrass tea:
- Pregnant women
- People on diuretic prescription(treatment for high blood pressure)
- People who have a low heart rate
- People who have a low potassium level
Lemongrass has some great health benefits and it is a safe herbal drink. However, it is generally advised to avoid self medicating with lemongrass tea or use in place of prescribed medications without a doctor’s approval.