LemongrassWikipedia: Cymbopogon | Teaviews: lemon-grass-tea
Updated: May. 13, 2014
About Lemongrassgrass used as an herb. Native to India, lemongrass is widely grown throughout south and southeast Asia, the middle east, and central America. Lemongrass has a strong aroma resembling lemon.
Lemongrass has an aroma closely resembling that of lemons, as well as other lemon-scented herbs such as lemon balm, lemon verbena, and lemon myrtle. Although none of these plants are closely related to lemongrass, they contain many of the same chemical constituents, including citral, citronellol and geraniol.
As a dried herb, lemongrass is a common ingredient in herbal teas and is also sometimes blended with true teas. It can be blended with green or black tea to produce a lemony aroma without adding the sourness resulting from adding lemon juice. As a fresh herb, it is also used in cooking, especially in Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian cuisine.
Health Benefits & Medicinal UsesThere is significant evidence pointing to anti-cancer, antiviral, and antifungal activity of the essential oil of lemongrass. There is also some evidence of analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. However, as with many herbal teas, human studies of the health effects of lemongrass are sparse. It remains uncertain the degree to which these benefits carry through to tea drinkers.
Molecule of Neral, one form of Citral
One study on rats found an infusion of lemongrass leaves to have analgesic (pain-killing) properties due to the chemical myrcene; this chemical was found to act by a mechanism different from that of aspirin-like drugs.
As many of the active ingredients in lemongrass are shared in common among other lemon-scented herbs, it is likely that the health benefits of lemongrass overlap somewhat with these other herbs.
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The notion of the "best" Lemongrass is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
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Examples of Lemongrass
The following are examples of the 14 selections of Lemongrass in our database.