Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Zesty Lemongrass
Lemongrass tea [1-4 cups daily] is believed to relieve congestion, coughing, bladder disorders, headaches, fever, stomach aches, digestive problems, diarrhea, gas, bowel spasms, vomiting, flu symptoms, can be used as a mild sedative, and to promote perspiration. – It is also a possible cholesterol lowering agent.
Externally, instead of discarding your lemongrass tea makings use it or a few drops of lemongrass oil directly on athlete’s foot, cuts, and scrapes. It can be applied in oil form or as a poultice to lower back pain, sciatica, sprains, tendonitis, neuralgia, circulatory problems, and rheumatism. The fresh leaves crushed and rubbed on your skin is an on the spot insect repellent outdoors.
Caution: Lemongrass should be avoided by young children, pregnant women, and people with kidney or liver disease.
Powers:Lust, psychic powers, repel snakes,fidelity, honesty, growth, strength and purification
Lemongrass planted around the home and garden will repel snakes. Lemongrass may be burned, drank as a tea, bathed in or carried on your person for lust, fidelity, honesty, growth, strength, psychic powers, and purification. Carry it in a sachet or charm to attract the object of your desire and to bring honesty to your relationships. Burn as an incense for strength and purification. Put a handful of leaves in a mesh bag and place under the tap water for a purification bath, and to attract and keep a lover.
Cooking of Course
Sauteed Shrimp with Lemongrass
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. lemongrass[dried herb]
1 Tbsp. salt
2 lbs. large shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 Tbsp. green onion, chopped
3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1-2 fresh hot chiles, julienned
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
Heat the oil at medium-high in wok and stir-fry the garlic, onion and lemon grass for a few seconds until the aroma is released. Add salt and increase the heat to high. Add the shrimp and fish sauce, stir-fry five minutes. Pour onto a serving platter and sprinkle with the green onion, cilantro and chiles. Serve hot and enjoy
My Lemongrass tea
1 tablespoon of leaves per cup [dried or fresh]
8 oz boiling water per cup
honey to taste
[if using leaves from your own plant remove the outer leaves] cut the remaining leaves into slices place one tablespoon per cup in teapot pour boiling water over them. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes strain and pour into your cup sweeten with honey to taste.