Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) is a genus of grasses which valued for their slightly acidic but unique flavor. An essential ingredient in Southeastern Asian cuisine, Lemongrass also makes a great addition to nearly any tea.
Brewing with Lemongrass is not difficult. If you happen to have whole lemongrass, make sure to peel off the outer green leaves, as they will make a bitter tea. Then simply slice the grass and place in the tea.
Lemongrass is easy to work with and can be added to any tea you like, as long as it is not steeped for too long. For a straight lemongrass tea, add to boiling water and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Lemongrass is noted for its lemony (duh) flavor. It is used extensively in Thai cooking for this purpose, but its citrus notes are a great addition to any tea. It is common to add sweetener to balance out the slightly acidic nature of the lemongrass, but it is also easy to appreciate the flavor on its own.
Lemongrass is a great herbal tea, but did you know that it’s been used for centuries as an antiseptic? In fact, lemongrass oil was applied to manuscripts made out of dried palm leaves in South and South East Asia.
Because of its versatile flavor, lemongrass makes a great addition to nearly any tea.
For a stomach soothing tea, try mixing lemongrass with peppermint and ginger.
For a great sleep aid, try mixing lemongrass in peppermint and chamomile.
In Kerala, India, Lemongrass is an important ingredient in “chukku kappi”, “dry ginger tea”, a great home remedy for cold symptoms.
Lemongrass is a great addition to any herbal tea garden. It grows readily in warm weather.
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