My mum treated me to a spa session and they served a home-made lemongrass herbal tea after the massage. It was so refreshingly healthy that I could not resist making the drink at home. Lemongrass is a detoxifying ingredient so this is really beneficial especially after prolonged periods of pigging out. It also aids digestion, combat heat, is a natural remedy for fever, anti-inflamatory & anti-cancer, among a host of other health benefits. If you can find pandan (screwpine pines) in your area, brew them with lemongrass for an unbeatable fragrance. Ginger is added for a slight spiced taste and to get rid of excess “wind” in the tummy.
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If your kitchen stink for some reason (maybe after frying food such as belacan or lard), you can brew this tea to freshen up the air instantly and naturally. When I was brewing the tea, my kitchen is filled with the wonderful aroma of lemongrass, which happens to be my favourite aromatherapy scent!
Lemongrass Tea Recipe
- Serves: 4
- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
A healthy and refreshing recipe for lemongrass and pandan herbal tea. Detoxifying, cooling and aids digestion.
If you follow this recipe exactly, you may find that the drink is not sweet at all, and it is intentionally so, as I personally feel it tastes best with only a tiny hint of sweetness. Feel free to adjust the rock sugar to your preference.
- 150 grams lemongrass (serai) pounded to release the flavour
- 5 pandan (screwpine) leaves tied in a knot
- 5 slices ginger
- 1.8 litres water
- 40 grams rock sugar or honey rock sugar to taste
- In a pot, add the ingredients except rock sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
- Add rock sugar and stir until dissolved. Discard lemongrass stalks, ginger and pandan. Drink warm or chilled.
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