Our family went to a Thai restaurant for lunch and the one serving us food asked if we would like to try some of their homemade juices. I thought it was a great idea instead of ordering iced tea or softdrinks.
It took us so much time to choose what flavor to get, so we asked the lady to just choose four flavors for us. She gave us juices out of pandan and lemon grass leaves, and the two others we forgot (those were my two favorites, how could I forget? )
What struck me was the lemon grass. It was the first one I’ve tried and the honest truth? I thought it was disgusting. I felt like I was drinking “lechon” juice. Sorry, but the smell of lemon grass really reminded me of roasted pigs.
But really, it intrigued me because hubby insists that lemon grass has lots of health benefits. So I decided to check it out.
Accordingly, one of lemon grass’ health benefits is that it fights disease-causing pathogens like virus, bacteria and different kinds of fungi. Lemon grass juices can therefore be good cures for influenza, common colds and infections. On top of that,it could be applied on wounds, acne, insect bites and skin irritations. It can also tighten skin pores– this is totally a good news for those who desire to have flawless skin without having to spend much.
For best results, it is recommended that lemon grass juice be taken in on a regular basis. It has the capacity of promoting body detoxification in a natural way. It reduces cholesterol and uric acid levels in the blood.
Lemon grass juice also ensures normal kidney function and normal urination. It can also be a good cure for arthritis and other kinds of inflammations. Making this juice can be very easy and does not require complicated processes.
Here is an easy recipe:
1.) 3 large lemon grass stalks
2. )4 cups of water
3.) 3 tablespoons sugar
Hoping that you have washed and cut the lemongrass stalks into smaller pieces, keep it aside. Pour water in a saucepan and add the prepared lemongrass. As water begins to boil, reduce heat to low setting and cover with a lid. Allow liquid to simmer for 1½ hours, or until the boiling water thickens a bit and turns greenish. Add sugar and wait till it dissolves completely. Strain and pour in a serving glass to enjoy a hot drink, or serve it with crushed ice to make iced lemongrass juice.
After having read all those health benefits of lemon grass, I think it would not take time for me to learn to love it. After all, to be healthy is one of the goals I have for this year!