The lemongrass ( Cymbopogon citratus ) is a herb popularly known as lemongrass or lemongrass , and provides many benefits for our health. According to nutritionist and herbalist Helena Márcia Machado, it contains diuretic, thermogenic, antibacterial, anthelmintic, analgesic, sedative, anticoagulant, calming and expectorant properties.
“Its main constituents are citral, an antimicrobial and antifungal compound that is effective in inhibiting and destroying microorganisms; and myrcene, responsible for the analgesic action. Another five of its components have the power to inhibit blood clotting. Citral also increases the body’s ability to take advantage of vitamin A,” explains Helena.
Among the main benefits of lemongrass tea, we can mention its ability to relieve headaches , prevent kidney and digestive disorders , improve sleep quality and promote well-being and tranquility.
It is also a very fragrant plant, whose essential oil is widely used in the composition of cosmetics and flavorings.
Does lemongrass tea with ginger make you slim?
If you have doubts whether the lemongrass tea with ginger makes you slim, know that this combination can indeed be very effective for those who want to lose weight. These two plants have properties that help in the weight loss process and that are enhanced when consumed together.
Helena explains that pure holy grass tea is already quite a diuretic and helps to remove toxins from the body, eliminating body swelling and, consequently, favoring weight loss. In addition, capim santo also helps in emotional control, combating anxiety , depression and nervousness , which often generate compulsion for food.
“The lemongrass tea combined with ginger tea, which also has diuretic, antioxidant and detoxifying properties, helps to eliminate toxins from the body, reducing fluid retention and can help with weight loss. In this way, the mixture of these teas reduces cell inflammation and favors the proper functioning of the metabolism”, adds the professional.
And this drink with lemon, what is it for?
Lemongrass tea with lemon also provides many benefits. “Lemon enhances the slimming action because it is diuretic and detoxifying, in addition to speeding up digestion and giving satiety. The lemongrass tea with lemon also speeds up the metabolism and helps to eliminate the body’s fat reserves ”, reveals Helena.
In addition, regular consumption of capim santo tea is also effective as a complementary treatment for menstrual or stomach cramps , diarrhea, gas, anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, irritation, sudden mood swings, fever , coughs, muscle pain and pressure high. “It also helps to recover acne-prone skin and control oiliness”, adds the nutritionist.
Now that you know what lemongrass tea is for, be aware of how often you use it. The professional advises to consume three cups a day : in the morning snack, 30 minutes after lunch and in the afternoon snack. The tea can be hot or iced. “The ideal is to use fresh or dried and dehydrated grass”, he emphasizes.
Lemongrass iced tea recipe with lemon
The lemongrass iced tea recipe is super simple and also works as a juice. In a blender, crush 40 leaves of common grass with 1 liter of ice water . Then, just strain and add the juice of 2 lemons . Consumption must be immediate.
If you want to make the traditional tea from pure holy grass, the recipe is also very easy. For a cup, use 4-6 leaves of lemongrass. Wash the leaves well, cut them into small pieces and then place them in a very clean cup. Then boil the water and pour it into the cup with the leaves. Then just cover the cup and let it blush. It is also possible to add lemon in this recipe.
“To prepare half a liter of tea, use 20 leaves, this amount makes 4 cups. Avoid preparing more than this amount, as the properties can be lost when consumed over the days. The ideal is to always prepare on the day of consumption ”, guides Helena.
In addition, the herbalist also makes two more recommendations: “never boil the leaves of the capim santo, as they lose their effect a lot. The infusion method is always the most suitable. And attention, both in the form of tea or juice, its use is recommended for people over 12 years old, due to its anxiolytic and sedative action”.
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Mint tea recipe with lemongrass
Mint tea with lemongrass is another tasty and beneficial option. To make, separate 2 cups of mint and 5 leaves of holy grass . Place them in a pan with 1 liter of filtered water . Bring to high heat and when it starts to boil, turn off. Then just strain and sweeten to taste.
This recipe yields 4 servings and it is also possible to drink it in a cold version, without changing the properties and benefits, just leave it in the refrigerator until it cools. The ideal is to always prepare it on the same day you are going to consume it.
Helena recommends following the same frequency of use as in the previous recipes: up to three cups of tea a day, the first in the morning, the other 30 minutes after lunch and the last in the afternoon snack. This tea is also indicated only for people over 12 years old, due to its anxiolytic and sedative action.
Care and contraindications
Now, we already know that lemongrass tea slims, or better, helps in the weight loss process and works as a powerful detox. But, before including it in our diet, it is also important to know how to be careful with its consumption.
According to Helena, capim santo has a low toxicity and can be considered a safe herb in therapeutic dosages.
However, continuous use and concentrated doses can cause pressure drop and even fainting, especially if the person is already using sedative drugs, which can have the effect potentiated. “The hydrolate, a chemical found in the leaves, can also cause hypokinesia, ataxia and bradypnea”, points out the specialist.
In some cases, it is possible to use the lemongrass tea externally. But if the skin comes into contact with the sun right after application, it can cause burns. Therefore, it is necessary to wash the treated region after each use. It is also not recommended to consume the herb during pregnancy , as high doses can cause miscarriage.