herb of the month: lemongrass
Why we love it
You all know by know that I have a real love for plants and using those plants for healing. I fell in love with Lemongrass because in addition to being delicious, it also seemed to help keep the bugs away and keep my other plants healthier. P.S., I make incredible soup and tea with it( see the recipe below).
I prefer to grow indian lemongrass which tends to be more purplish. I think it tends to grow better here in Hawaii. I wasn’t as successful with the more traditional Asian variety. You can get Lemongrass from any plant nursery, or grocery store. You can actually help the stalks you buy in the grocery store take root by putting the bulbs in clean water that you change frequently.
Let's get metaphysical
Lemongrass is great for enhancing psychic ability. In Angel we use it to increase your psychic power and intuition by opening the lines of communication to the Angelic realms. In NOW, we use it for strength, power and speed to make things happen quicker. Lemongrass will help you build your confidence and help you study and retain information. We use essential oils for all our applications, but using fresh or dried lemongrass in a tea has always been one of my favorite ways to use it! If you do decide to use lemongrass oil on your body, make sure you use a carrier oil like coconut, sweet almond, olive or avocado. I usually use about 2 teaspoons of carrier oil to one drop of pure lemongrass essential oil.
friends with health benefits
Lemongrass has the highest concentration of Citral compared to any other plant in the world. In addition to being an effective antimicrobial and anti-fungal agent that inhibits yeast growth, Citral has antioxidant and anti-tumor properties that both benefit the brain and increase the body’s ability to absorb vitamin A, improve blood circulation, and repair damaged connective tissue.
This super herb can also help to uplift your mind and spirit and alleviate signs of depression, insecurity, loneliness and anxiety. It can strengthen and calm the nervous system and help to alleviate headaches. Some research suggests that because Lemongrass is a nervine, it may also work to ease anxiety, shakiness, vertigo and slower reflexes.
Feverfew & Lemongrass Tea
1 teaspoon feverfew (fresh or dried)
1 teaspoon lemongrass (fresh or dried)
1 teaspoon honey
4 cups of water
Bring water to a gentle boil and add the herbs and honey. Remove the mixture from the heat source and cover. Let ingredients steep together for 7-10 minutes.
Note: If using fresh herbs, use double the quantity.
Lemongrass & Lemon Balm Lemonaide
1/2 cup fresh Lemon Balm
1 stalk Lemongrass, sliced
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)
6 cups of water
Bring water to a gentle boil and add the remaining ingredients. Remove the mixture from the heat source and cover. Let the ingredients steep together for 7-10 minutes. Serve hot or over ice.
Note: drink this elixir warm for an upset stomach, or iced during summertime for a refreshing herbal drink.
2-3 stalks of lemongrass, cut into thirds
5 kefir lime leaves
2 thumb sized pieces of ginger
1 bunch thai basil
1/2 cup handful of celery root
32oz. of organic chicken broth
5 whole cayenne peppers
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours, strain the herbs from the broth, and use immediately or store in a container in the fridge.
Note: add chicken and veggies for a Thai style chicken soup or use veggie stock instead of chicken for your vegan friends.
I would like to give my disclaimer on and about herbs in general. Always consulted your medical doctor before taking any herbal product. The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have a serious health problem, its recommend that you consult the appropriate health practitioner. This product may not have been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat or prevent disease.
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