Lemongrass

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Lemongrass Herb
Cutting Lemongrass, Sri Lanka

Lemongrass leaves are the herb from the lemongrass plant. Lemongrass herb are light silvery-green flat leaves. Lemongrass plants form in tight, tufted clumps that grow each year and do not flower very often.

Lemongrass leaves have a faint, citrussy aroma. Associated with Thai cuisine, lemongrass can be used to give a delicate lemony flavour when added directly to meats or marinades.

Alternatively, use them as a herbal tea, pouring boiling water over a teaspoon per person - infuse for at least 5 minutes.

For the stalks or spice: lemongrass stalks.

Infusion

  • Quantity: 1 - 2 level teaspoons (2½ g) per cup or person
  • Water temperature: 95oC (200oF)
  • Brew time: 8 - 10 minutes

Health Benefits

Lemongrass:

  1. Used in treating digestive problems, relaxing stomach muscles, relieving cramps and flatulence
  2. Reduces fever, with an overall cooling effect on the body
  3. Externally a gentle herb for facial steams and baths

Further Reading

  • Brown, K. (1999) Herbal Teas, North Adams, MA, USA, Storey Books. ISBN 1580170994.
  • Hemphill, I., Hemphill, K. (2014) The Spice and Herb Bible, Robert Rose. ISBN 9780778804932.
  • McVicar, J. (1999, republished 2006) Jekka's Complete Herb Book, Silverdale Books. ISBN 9781845093709.