I started drinking lemongrass juice after reading an article about its amazing cancer healing ability. It is not because I have cancer but as a great fan of fruit juices I was curious what it tastes like. I prompted my wife to try it out and she happily concocted a lemongrass drink which is wonderfully fragrant and refreshing.

Lemongrass Farm

Lemongrass Farm

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 8 large stalks of fresh lemongrass, without leaves
  • 4 x 250ml cups of water
  • 3 tablespoon of pure natural honey (add more if you prefer sweeter)
  • 2 tablespoon of lemon juice (adjust amount to suit your taste)
Lemongrass stalks

Lemongrass stalks

Preparation:

  1. Cut off the knob at the bottom part of the stalk.
  2. Wash it in water and peel off the first layer of the stalk that may have turned brown.
  3. Use a pestle or the blunt side of a heavy knife and bruise the stalks especially at the thickest and juiciest part of the stalk to split it open. This helps to release the juice when boiling.
  4. Put the lemongrass stalks in the water and bring it to a boil. When the water starts to boil, turn the flame down and simmer for about 20 minutes. The water should take on a light yellowish tinge.
  5. Let it cool to room temperature and add 3 tablespoons of pure natural honey (I use Manuka honey)
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (optional). You can drink it warm or chilled  (I prefer the chilled version).
Lemongrass juice

Lemongrass juice

Nutritional value of lemongrass:

1 cup of Lemongrass (about 67g ) contains:

Protein – 1.2 g

Phytosterols – 4.5 mg

Total Calories – 66.3

Total Carbohydrate -17 g

Total Fat – 0.3 g

Vitamins A, C, B6, Niacin,  Folate, Riboflavin, and several minerals including Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.

Apart from its delightful taste, lemongrass has many medical benefits.

Antibacterial: Lemongrass’s antimicrobial properties help to avert all kind of viral, fungal and bacterial infections.

Blood Pressure: It improves blood circulation and lower blood pressure.

Detoxifies: Lemongrass is diuretic and help to cleanse the body of toxic substances and uric acid

Digestion: Lemongrass has the effect of relaxing the abdomen, reduce belching and stomach pain.

Nervous System: Essential oils made from Lemongrass can be used to soothe agitated nerves, reduce stress and help people with insomnia to sleep better.

Painkillers: Munching Lemongrass has the effect of relieving inflammation, pains and aches.

Lemongrass is commonly used in South East Asian countries to spice up cooking; especially in curries, soups and many other dishes. It is also used as perfume and insect repellent.

Many studies and researches have been done on Lemongrass in the prevention of cancer. Though its effect is inconclusive there are evidences to suggest that it is indeed useful for preventing and treating many types of cancer.

It is definitely safe to consume as a spice and herbal drink. So it does not hurt to give it a try.

I am thinking of planting it in my garden. It smells and looks good too.

Cancer Free

Cancer Free

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