Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

If you are looking for a real refreshing beverage then lemongrass tea would be the most delightful and healthiest beverage you could have. There are some amazing health benefits of lemongrass tea which must be known to every individual. However there are also some side effects of this beverage. In this current article we will talk about the health benefits as well as the side effects of lemongrass tea. Hope this would be a beneficial read for you.

Health Benefits  & Side Effects of Lemongrass Tea

Overview:

Lemongrass is a perennial plant which has a pleasant citrusy taste and has a fragrance of lemon. However, it is milder and sweeter in taste. It is mostly used in Thai and many other Asian cuisines because of its potent flavour. This is an Ayurvedic favourite and has been used in Ayurveda for medical purposes.

If you are looking for a health boost then you just need to add lemongrass tea to your list of beverages. Lemongrass tea can make you feel good from within and also provide you some real amazing health benefits. To use this, you can chop the lemongrass, put it in water and bring it to boil and allow it to steep for about 15 minutes. Apart from this, you can also add pieces of lemongrass in teapot and let it brew. However make sure you steep it well as it helps to reap the benefits of the plant in an easily digestible form.

Information on the Nutritional Facts of Lemongrass Tea:

One cup of raw lemongrass contains about 99 calories and zero cholesterol and fat. It contains about 25 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein. It also contains 723 mg of potassium, 75 mcg of folate, 101 mg of phosphorus, 6o mg of magnesium and 65 mg of calcium in it.

Because of these wonderful nutrients present in the lemongrass, it is known to have some real great health benefits; which includes cleansing and detoxification of the body, aids digestion, beneficial for skin and hair health, helpful for women in getting rid of menstrual cramps and many more. However, there are also some side effects of the lemongrass tea. In the following arrays of the article we will read about the health benefits as well as the side effects of lemongrass tea.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass Tea:

  1. Benefits of Lemongrass Tea in Cleansing and Detoxification:

    In order to keep your organs working in proper condition; it is essential that your internal system is cleansed and detoxified. It is known that taking lemongrass tea regularly can ensure that your internal system is cleansed and detoxified. The diuretic nature of lemongrass makes it possible to remove uric acid, toxins and bad cholesterol out of your body. This in turn leads to an increase in the quantity and frequency of urination, and thus keeping your kidneys clean and working smoothly. Lemongrass tea also cleanses and purifies bladder, liver and pancreas and also plays a major role in promoting the circulation of blood. Thus, drinking lemongrass tea would be beneficial in getting rid of all hazardous substances from your body.

  2. Benefits of Lemongrass Tea in Promoting Digestion:

    Lemongrass tea is also known to be beneficial in promoting digestion. Being loaded with antiseptic compounds that kill parasites effectively along with the bad bacteria thriving inside the digestive tract and repopulates the good bacteria within the colon; lemongrass tea is known to be promoting digestion. This is known to be beneficial in treating various digestive problems like heartburn, constipation, flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, stomach spasms and stomach cramps etc. Lemongrass contains antimicrobial properties, which make the tea a wonderful agent for providing immediate relief in case of gastroenteritis symptoms. You should drink lemongrass tea regularly so as to ensure proper digestion.

  3. Skin and Hair Health Benefits:

    Lemongrass tea is also known to be beneficial for skin and hair health. It is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are highly essential nutrients required for skin and hair. Lemongrass tea improves the circulation of blood and clears up your skin by treating oily textures and also works on treating eruptions like pimples, acne and eczema.

  4. Helps Fight Cancer:

    According to an Israeli research team; it is believed that there are possibilities that lemongrass may be potential enough to fight cancer. One more study says that there is a substance with lemon scent present in lemongrass which is found to kill the cancer causing cells in vitro without harming the healthy cells. This study says that aroma of lemongrass was responsible for stimulating the cancer cells to commit suicide via a mechanism known as programmed cell death.

  5. Benefits of Lemongrass Tea in Relieving Menstrual Cramps:

    There are millions of women who face menstrual cramps. It is known that drinking hot lemongrass tea two times in a day can provide relief from menstrual cramps in a fair way. This can also be used to eradicate the acne caused during menstrual periods due to hormonal changes in the body.

  6. Antiseptic Properties of Lemongrass Tea:

    Research says that lemongrass has strong antiseptic properties which are more powerful than even antibiotics like penicillin and streptomycin. It was found that when lemongrass tea was used as a part of treatment for staph infections; it was found extremely effective.

  7. Lemongrass Tea act as an Antidepressant:

    Lemongrass tea is known to be beneficial in relieving stress and fatigue symptoms like headache, body ache and also aid in rejuvenating the entire body. Apart from this, the lingering fragrance of lemongrass tea aids in improving mood and makes you feel relaxed and happy. This in turn promotes a positive healthy attitude. Lemongrass tea can be used singly or in a combination with other aromatic tea flavours like chamomile or jasmine.

  8. Lemongrass Tea Combats Infection:

    Lemongrass tea can stop the progress of specific types of infections in the body. It is known that lemongrass can be beneficial in treating fungal infections; however there are still clinical trials required to confirm such claims.

  9. Lemongrass is Rich in Antioxidants:

    Lemongrass tea is also known for its antioxidant properties. When free radicals interact with the proteins, the DNA within your cells can cause several chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s. The antioxidants present in lemongrass stop this interaction and prevents the onset of such chronic diseases. Apart from this, the natural diuretic property of lemongrass keeps the pancreas and liver healthy; thus controls the cholesterol levels and keep them normal.

  10. Benefits of Lemongrass Tea in Keeping Away Cold and Flu:

    The most common health problems are flu and cold which mostly affect majority of people. However, if you are taking lemongrass tea on a regular basis then you will surely be able to avoid these problems. The antifungal and antibacterial properties in lemongrass aid your body to cope up with the symptoms of fever, flu, cough and cold. Being rich in vitamin C; lemongrass tea is good for the immune system and thus aids your body in fighting such infections.

  11. Anti-inflammatory Properties of Lemongrass Tea:

    Lemongrass tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. This is the reason it is known to be highly beneficial in treating osteoarthritis, arthritis, rheumatism, gout and various other joint pains. You should drink the lemongrass tea on a regular basis for effective results. You can prepare a special herbal mix of lemongrass by mixing coconut oil and lemongrass oil in a 2:1 ration and apply it in the affected areas.

Side Effects of Lemongrass Tea:

Though lemongrass tea is known to be packed with best of its health benefits and also known to be generally safe to be used; however there may be some specific side effects of lemongrass tea or lemongrass. Below we will take a look at some of the side effects of lemongrass tea.

  1. Allergy. People who are prone to food allergy, may experience allergies like itchy skin rash or hives on the skin, after drinking lemongrass.
  2. There may be side effects of lung infection. There have been some toxic side effects like lung problems after inhaling lemongrass.
  3. Fatal Poisoning in Children as a Possible Side Effect. It is noted that swallowing lemongrass has caused fatal poisoning in a child. So one has to be careful about its safe use for children.
  4. Miscarriage. Lemongrass seems to be able to begin menstrual flow and thus there is a concern that it might cause a miscarriage in pregnant women

Safety Concerns of Using Lemongrass Tea:

Though lemongrass is mostly safe; it is good to take in moderate amount. Apart from this, it is also essential to note that in case you are pregnant or in your breastfeeding phase then do avoid drinking this tea.

Apart from this, patients with liver diseases, kidney problems etc should not use lemongrass.

Kindly consult with your doctor to know about the appropriate dosage of lemongrass tea; as the dosage depends on your age, gender, health status etc.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: July 10, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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