This lemongrass tea recipe uses just 2 ingredients (maybe 3 if you add a sweetener) and is done in 20 minutes. In that time, your kitchen will be filled with the most wonderful lemony smell. And you’ll never want to use another teabag to make lemongrass tea again.
I have a lemongrass plant in my garden. In the Caribbean, we call it fever grass.
The plant is a true grass that loves to look as unkempt as possible; even after pruning. Take a look for yourself. That’s as photogenic as it gets… Sigh.
The plant grows really quickly so you can never truly over-harvest the leaves to make this easy lemongrass tea recipe.
Making this lemongrass tea recipe
Fresh lemongrass is not that hard to find. It should be available at your local Asian store or market. If you are buying a large bunch, wash them with warm water and pop them in the freezer. You can use the frozen stalks to make the tea… but I prefer to use the fresh stuff!
I picked one stalk for this recipe and discarded the roots. There’s an outer skin on the stalks I usually remove and discard too.
After washing everything with warm water, I fold the stalk and use the leaves to tie a knot. That goes into a small pot with 3 cups of water.
The leaves have so much flavor – much more than the stalks. So it is important to get lemongrass with the leaves when making this recipe.
After a couple minutes of boiling, you’ll get that amazing lemony smell. It’s so good and spreads out into the whole kitchen. Fifteen minutes later, you are done.
I don’t usually add sweeteners to my tea. It tastes great as is; but you can add sugar, honey or any of your favorites.
Isn’t this lemongrass tea recipe is as easy as it gets?
Serve this tea hot or chilled. It’s also a wonderful addition to any citrus juices, smoothies, and even popsicles.
Lemongrass Tea Benefits
I found a couple studies that actually looked into the benefits of lemongrass tea.
This one from 2015 tested the tea on blood parameters like red and white blood cell count, hemoglobin concentrations, and cell volume. It found participants who had the tea daily for a month had red blood cell and hemoglobin levels. White blood cell counts also dropped significantly too!
With the boost in hemoglobin levels, the researchers believe the tea can help with both treating and preventing anemia!
And the drop in white blood cells may prove the tea can boost your immunity and help your body fight off infections. So, make this tea during flu season… or anytime you’re feeling unwell.
Speaking of fight off infections, another 2015 study tested the tea’s antibacterial and antifungal benefits. Microbes like E. coli, Staphylococcus aurus and Candida albicans were used here. The study showed the tea had good antimicrobial benefits.
These findings sure show the tea can boost immunity and fight off infections! Maybe that’s why it is called fever grass tea in the Caribbean.
Lemongrass essential oil also has incredible antibacterial and antifungal benefits. But that’s a whole other conversation.
Back to the recipe.
Lemongrass Tea Recipe
Lemongrass Tea Recipe
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 3 cups boiling water
- piece of ginger optional
- honey optional
- Wash the lemongrass and peel its outermost skin.
- Fold the grass and add it to a small pot of boiling water.
- Boil for 15 minutes.
- Add your favorite sweetener (optional) and serve hot or chilled.
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