Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lemon Grass

About Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass is a herb originating from India, but is now a prime ingredient in the cuisine of countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The Thai name for lemon grass is Takrai ตะไคร้ also known by its French name Citronnelle.

Lemon Grass In Thai Cooking
For Cooking Lemon grass is equally good added to meat, seafood and fish dishes and can be used in fresh, dried or powdered form

- Thai Salads like Yam Neua ( beef salad)

- Thai Soups like Tom Yum Gung (spicy prawn soup) or Tom Yum Gai (spicy Chicken soup)

- Fish dishes like pla takrai and a fish salad like Yam Pla

- Red and Green curry pastes

The Health Benefits Of Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass as a healing herb also has a number of wonderful benefits. It is said that Lemon Grass has

- A calming effect and wards off anxiety.

- Relieves Insomnia and stress.

- Can be used in aid to detoxify the Pancreas, kidneys, liver, bladder and the digestive tract.

- Contains antifungal and antibacterial properties.

- Cuts down cholesterol, uric acid and excess fats.

- Stimulates digestion.

- Relieves pain like headaches and fever.

- Relieves tension and stiffness.

- Is said to help relieve arthritic pain and rheumatism.

- Improves blood circulation, reduces blood pressure.

- Reduces acne and improves the skin.

- Can even be used as a mild insect repellent to keep away mosquitos and other unwanted visitors.

- Lemon Grass tea provides a number of benefits as the lemon grass is rich in vitamin c’s and loaded with anti – oxidants, it is said for reducing cholesterol drink Lemon grass tea with honey.

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