The Healing Potion - a cup of lemongrass tea a day, keeps the health risk away.
Updated: Jan 28
Lemongrass is an essential ingredient in Asian cooking. This aromatic tropical plant is commonly used for its essence to infuse soups and sauces in creating a mild tangy flavor. It can also be cooked with rice to give a delightful fragrance or simply use to marinate meat. For most Asian culture, lemongrass is not only used for cooking but it is also believed to be used as therapeutic remedies as it has a wide range of medicinal components.
In the Javanese culture, drinking lemongrass tea daily is widely practiced among the women. It is said that a cup of brewed lemongrass tea a day can help new mothers during their recovery process. It can help to avoid any possible bacterial infection, release unwanted toxins from the body, improve blood circulation, lowering cholesterol, reduce inflammation and water retention, relieve pain and headaches. The women would also use them daily to perfume their bath water. Chewing on the stalk directly would help to improve dental health and keep the mouth feeling clean.
Coming from a Javanese background myself, my mother and the women in her family continuously practice the art of herbal remedies, passing down the secrets of our ancient ingredients from generation to generation. I was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by these skillful women learning from them these ancient remedies. Now, having a daughter of my own, she too will one day learn the ancient secrets to our ingredients.
And something for me to share back to my subscribers, you can find below my family’s secret recipe to a soothing homemade traditional Javanese lemongrass tea. This recipe is so simple and quick to make that if you would like, you could incorporate it easily into your daily or weekly diet.
Traditional Javanese Lemongrass Tea
5 stalks of lemongrass
6 inches of ginger
1 pandan leaf
1 liter of water
A pinch of crushed black pepper (optional for extra heat)
1. Smash the bottoms of 3 lemongrass stalk and chop up the remaining 2 stalks into small pieces.
2. Then slice up all the ginger without peeling off the skin and tie up the pandan leaf into a knot. Set all the ingredients aside in one bowl.
3. Boil 1 liter of water in a pot on medium heat.
4. Add in all the ingredients at once and let it boil until the water becomes a slightly clear brown brew. Now you can turn off the heat and serve your tea.
5. For an added kick to this tea, sprinkle in a tiny pinch of black pepper.
I usually never add sugar to the tea, but go ahead and add a teaspoon for every serving. Drinking the lemongrass tea without adding any sweetener would be the best way to enjoy the benefits this soothing brew.
CAUTION: Although there hasn’t been any clinical test proving that drinking lemongrass tea has any side effects, I recommend only drinking 1 cup a day. Depending on your current state of health, drinking more than one cup might react differently to different people.
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