Lemongrass is a herb that is grown annually. It grows to about 4 feet tall. It loves heat and will grow very fast. To propagate, just cut off a couple of inches from the top, place these cuttings in water, and wait a few weeks until they grow roots. Then plant them.
Lemongrass has a light, fresh, citrus aroma with earthy undertones. Refreshing, rejuvenating, stimulating, and balancing, it inspires and improves mental clarity. Lemongrass also supports the circulatory system, detoxifying the liver, kidney, bladder.
So where is this found:
- Strongest extract is an essential oil
- Drink as tea or juice (see recipe below)
- Use the herb in food dishes mostly Thai cooking
- Bath products such as bath salts and soap
- Cleaning products – Seventh Generation uses lemongrass in dish liquid, disinfecting sprays
- Vitamin source – natural vitamin D is extracted from lemongrass.
- Natural mosquito sprays use lemongrass. citronella is extracted from lemongrass. For someone who doesn’t like the smell of citronella, this is a great replacement.
Lemongrass Tea Recipe
(courtesy of southeastasianfood.about.com)
(This recipe serves 4)
- 6 large stalks fresh lemongrass
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 8 cups water
- Cut the lemongrass into half, breadth-wise.
- Cut off the black dusty knob at the bottom part of the root.
- Wash properly and peel off any leaves that have turned brown.
- Use a pestle or the blunt side of a heavy knife and thump the lemongrass especially at the fattest and juiciest part of the stalk to split it open. This helps to release the juice when boiling.
- Put the lemongrass stalks in the water and bring to a boil. When the water starts to boil, turn the flame down and simmer for about an hour and a half. The water should take on a light greenish tinge.
- Add the sugar and stir till it dissolves.
- Serve with ice cubes for a refreshing drink. It can also be drunk hot.