This review will include a simple guide to making a lemongrass drink and why lemongrass drink may be beneficial for your teeth.
So if you want to enjoy a good lemongrass drink and have it benefit your teeth, you will love this guide.
Let’s dive right in.
What is Lemongrass?
Lemongrass is an aromatic herb made popular by Thailand. You see it a lot in Thai restaurants’ menus and lemongrass tea is an ultra-refreshing drink you will ever taste. If you have never seen how lemongrass looks like, it is a light green stalk of about 40 to 50 cm long with a bulb at the end.
If you hold it close to your nose, you may catch a whiff of the aroma. Lemongrass has been made into lemongrass oil which when diffused, gives a very relaxing fragrance. Maybe you had gone to the spa and experienced this smell. If you walked past an aromatherapy shop, they may be diffusing this scent.
Facts About Lemongrass
Lemongrass is grass-like with stalk stems and originate from South East Asia, but now available in many parts of the world.
It has a lemony smell with a mild and sweet flavour.
Lemongrass is also referred to as fever grass, ginger grass, or citronella grass.
Lemongrass leaves are high in crude fiber, a type of dietary fiber, making the herb high in carbohydrates. 100g of lemongrass has 99 calories, but no cholesterol at all.
Where Can You Buy Lemongrass?
Easily available at the vegetables/herbs sections of major supermarkets, local grocery stores and even online marts.
Who Can Drink Lemongrass Drink?
Generally, the majority can drink lemongrass except for the following groups of people
- pregnant women
- those taking prescription diuretics or medications for liver
- have a low heart rate
- Children can benefit from drinking lemongrass unless they exhibit allergic symptoms. Otherwise, lemongrass has many benefits for children including building their immune system, soothing their stomach discomforts, and relieving coughs.
Benefits of Drinking Lemongrass For Your Teeth
Anti-oxidant, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-microbial
Lemongrass tea contains citral and geraniol that has anti-inflammatory properties.
Its anti-oxidants and anti-microbial properties have allowed it to be made into essential oil and mouthwashes. Lemongrass has been proven that it can defend against a type of bacteria, Streptococcus Mutans, present in the mouth.
It was shown in an experiment conducted by National Institute of health that lemongrass oil is the second most effective in fighting against oral cavity along with other essential oils like Cinnamon oil, Cedarwood oil, Clove oil, and Eucalyptus oil.
Plaque is the biofilm produced by bacterial toxins and stick to tooth surfaces, leading to gingivitis, inflammation, and redness of your gums.
Experiments have shown that using lemongrass oil in mouthwash can inhibit these plaque-forming bacteria and getting rid of them.
Other benefits of lemongrass include:
1. Relieving stomach bloatedness
2. Relieve menstrual cramps
3. Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
4. Strengthens kidney
5. Fighting bacteria associated with the cold and cough
6. Helps to relax the mind and induce better sleep
7. May helps to relieve headaches
8. Helps in losing weight
9. Treat dandruff issues
How To Make Lemongrass Drink
While there are dried lemongrass powder and lemongrass tea bags, I prefer to brew my lemongrass drink from lemongrass direct.
It is very simple and easy and you only need a few easy steps.
2. Bring 1 litre of water to a boil.
3. Place the lemongrass stems inside the boiling water and let it boil for 5 minutes.
4, You will soon smell the aroma flowing through the air. Personally I will continue to let it simmer for another 10 minutes. The taste gets thicker.
5, Upon cooling, you can drink it on its own, or by adding a spoonful of honey or a slice of lemon, or even some ice cubes
6. Enjoy your drink!
Lemongrass is also very easy to grow in your garden. Here is s video showing you how to grow lemongrass in your garden.
1. Can I drink lemongrass tea every day?
Yes, there is no harm if your body can take it. However, you may wish to start with 1 cup a day and gradually increase.
2. Is lemongrass tea good for the kidney?
Drinking lemongrass tea can help release more urine than usual.
4. Does lemongrass tea contain caffeine?
Lemongrass tea does not contain caffeine, so it is a safe substitute for coffee and tea if you want to do away with caffeine while still able to enjoy tea.
Lemongrass in Cooking
When it comes to using lemongrass in cooking, I have to say Tom Yum soup is my favourite!
I first fell in love with authentic Tom Yum soup when I was in Sydney visiting a friend. We went to this Thai restaurant and we ordered this Tom Yum soup, and the taste had stuck with me since.
Every Thai meal I have in an authentic Thai restaurant, I will always order Tom Yum soup as my number one’s choice.
Tom Yum soup features 2 versions, the clear version and the creamy, also known as green curry version. I only like the clear version. That taste of spicy, sour, and sweet soup just makes your palate so excited and fired up. One spoon will lead me to continue until I see the base of the bowl.
So that is why I must share a simple recipe on how you can make Tom Yum soup at home, and one of the key ingredients is the lemongrass!
Making the Soup Broth
1. Peel and devein the Prawns.
2. Pound up the chili, lemongrass, kaffir leaves, garlic, and bring to a boil in a pot of water with chicken stock.
3. Add in the peeled prawn shells.
4. After boiling for about 10 minutes, strain the broth.
Adding the rest
5. Return the broth to the pot.
6. Add the rest of the ingredients like sliced onions, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, the peeled prawns, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and soon you can enjoy your homemade tom yum soup.
If gathering the spices can be time-consuming, look out for those ready-made packets available. If not, the next best is to order-in by delivery, or wait until after Covid-19 to venture out to a Thai restaurant to try it.
(Recipe adapted from recipetineats.com)
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and that you will take some time out of your busy schedule to make this lemongrass drink or the Tom Yum soup.
Do comment below which will you prefer to have right now, if you can have the choice.
Will it be the light lemongrass drink or the delicious Tom Yum soup?.