Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Yoruba Name: Ewe tea
Lemongrass is an herb that is native to Sri Lanka and South India but now grows in many countries around the world. The plant's stalks are a common ingredient in Asian cooking, but it is also possible to brew lemongrass to make tea.
It is widely used alone or in combination to treat malaria, cough, colds, typhoid, hypertension, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma. Builds immunity and resistance to diseases. It is often used as a decoction or concoction, or tea. if used as a decoction or concoction bring it to boil until the familiar pleasant fragrance is perceived. Simmer for 3 minutes afterwards and drink hot 3 cups thrice daily. Lemon grass tea has been used traditionally "to soothe headaches, eliminate stress, help relaxation and fight fevers". A proprietary lemon grass tea in teabags branded Dara Dara is now available in the market. I have used this tea and I find it quite refreshing. Lemon grass is easy to cultivate so make sure you have it in your compound.
Several researchers are interested in the health and medicinal benefits of drinking lemongrass tea. Doctors do know that the tea can help fight against free radicals, thus reducing the incidence of inflammation in the body. Lemongrass contains the inflammation-fighting compounds chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin.
While most of the studies to date on lemongrass tea are small-scale or lab-based, generally results show that lemongrass tea can help to improve oral health, lower cholesterol, and relieve bloating.