One of the things I loved most about visiting Thailand was trying foods with different healing herbs and spices. Many of the dishes had fresh lemongrass.
Lemongrass is a beautiful herb. The stems can be used in a variety of dishes. The leaves can be crushed for tea and offer a lemony scent. The stalks can be sliced for soups and salads or pulverized into pastes for curries. You may find lemongrass in soaps, lotions, essential oils and other personal care products too because it smells so good and offers many health benefits.
Studies have shown these benefits of lemongrass:
- Can be used as a natural bug repellant
- Treats fungal and yeast infections
- Helps regulate cholesterol
- Can treat diabetes type 2
- Used for epilepsy
- Relieves insomniaAids skin health (reduces wrinkles, can tighten skin)
- Check your local market, farmer’s market or Asian market – look for fresh stalks that are firm and don’t look dried or wrinkled.
- Look for the dried powder in the spice section of the store
- Find dried leaves in the tea section of the store.
- If you love essential oils, you’ll love lemongrass essential oil.
- Use the dried leaves for tea, but not for cooking.
- Use the lower white stalk for cooking (tender part) and cut it into thin rings. You could alternatively crush it with the back of a knife to add to a curry or stew.
- Use the upper, tough part of the stalk in a bundle in the last 30 minutes of simmering your bone broth or veggie broth. Then discard after simmering.
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