Lemongrass also known as citronella, is known for its light and lemony scent. It is commonly used as food flavoring used in soups and teas. Nowadays it can also be found in soaps, candles and even perfumes because it also functions as an insect repellent. Research shows that it has many health benefits. It has a calming effect and it is a good source of antioxidants which help boost the immune system. It is also said that it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and it helps alleviate stomach discomforts like indigestion, colic and even other illnesses like rheumatism, arthritis and high blood pressure.
Instead of having drinks full of sugar, here is a refreshing drink you will surely love. It is a twist to old fashioned iced tea, but it is definitely healthier.
10 lemongrass stalks
9 cups cold water
8 white tea bags
1 cup white sugar
Lemon or lime
Cut off 1 inch from the root of the lemongrass stalks. Remove any discolored parts, and then cut the stalks crosswise into 1 inch pieces.
Prepare syrup by combining 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Mix well until the granules dissolve. Add half of the chopped lemongrass and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let it cool for 30 minutes. After, strain the syrup and discard the lemongrass stalks.
In a heavy saucepan, boil the remaining water and lemongrass. Remove from heat and drop in the tea bags. Let it steep for 2-3 minutes. Remove the teabags and strain the lemongrass stalks. Let the tea cool for 30 minutes.
Pour tea in a glass full of ice. Squeeze in some lime or lemon juice and add syrup as desired. Garnish with a lemon slice.
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