Here is a video showing you how to make Lemongrass Tea.
The healing properties of Fevergrass/Lemongrass
What is fever grass?
Fever grass is the Caribbean name for the herb that is known in other parts of the world as lemon grass. The herb is called fever grass in the Caribbean due to the fact that it is used on the island to reduce fevers. The herb, which has a host of medicinal properties, also is used to treat a number of illnesses. Caribbean’s tropical climate is ideal for the growth and development of the plant which is characterized by long, thin green leaves that grow from base outwards, like a bush.
How to use fever grass?
The most popular way to consume fever grass in Caribbean is as a tea. This ‘bush tea’ can be made by first stripping the outer section of the leaves you intend to use. The fever grass may then be cut into smaller slices and placed in a container of boiling water. Boil the fever grass for around five minutes before sweetening with sugar and milk if desired, the fever grass is generally consume as a hot beverage. Other herbs, such as ginger and cinnamon, may also be added to add extra flavor to the tea. The leaves of the fever grass are also used to add flavor and aroma to dishes; they can be used fresh or allowed to dry out before using as a spice. Because of the aroma of the plant, some hang it indoors to add a nice fragrance to any room.
Health benefits of fever grass
Fever grass is a popular bush remedy in Jamaica for treating fevers and aiding in a speedy recovery. This bush tea is also a favorite of the Caribbean for the treatment of the common cold and coughs. The benefit of fever grass however, does not stop at just treating colds and fevers as research has proven that the herb can aid in the fight against cancer. The herb serves to slow down the growth of these harmful cancer cells over time.
Lemongrass, noted for its use in Thai cooking, is a delicious herb and a remarkable natural healer. In eastern cultures, lemongrass has long been used to treat fever, flu, headaches and to aid digestion.
Lemongrass for headache and migraine relief
One of the most common medicinal uses of lemongrass traditionally has been for headache relief.
Now it’s been proven to be at least as effective as aspirin – only safer. A five year study of plants used in traditional medicine recently reported in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine that lemongrass shows similar activity to aspirin in treating headaches and migraines.
Lemongrass as digestive aid
Drinking lemongrass tea or eating foods prepared with the herb promotes digestion and provides relief from flatulence. It also helps the body eliminate toxic substances including cleansing of the kidney, pancreas, liver and bladder.
Lemongrass has natural antimicrobial properties, helping the body fight off bacterial, fungal and viral infections. As an antipyretic, lemongrass helps reduce fevers from colds and flu. That’s how lemongrass also became known as fever grass.
Lemongrass fights cancer?
New research has found even more impressive benefits from the plant. Perhaps most exciting to date is a report from researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel who discovered during in vitro testing that the compound citral found in lemongrass actually causes cancer cells to self destruct – without harming healthy cells – at a concentration equivalent to a cup of lemongrass tea.
The results have been promising enough that even many conventional doctors now recommend cancer patients drink several mugs of hot lemongrass tea on days they receive radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
2 lemongrass stalks/Fevergrass
A pinch of ground cinnamon
Honey or rock sugar to sweeten (optional)
1 tea bag
Juice from ½ lime
1 Cut off the root end of the lemongrass/fevergrass stalk and remove any of the any dry outer leaves. Gently bruise the base of the stalk with a rolling pin.
2 Tie the lemongrass/fevergrass in a knot and place in a cup with cinnamon and sweeteners if using.
3 Pour in the boiling water. Add a tea bag and remove as soon as the water is golden brown.
4 Add lime juice to taste and serve with a lemongrass/fevergrass stirrer.