Lemongrass, due to its healing properties, has been used in folk medicine in Asia and South America since ages. Modern research confirms that lemongrass has a positive effect on our health. The most valuable is lemongrass oil which can be extracted with use of alcohol. Check what other properties lemongrass has and how to use it for lemongrass tincture.
Lemongrass tincture recipe includes 1 bunch of lemon grass, 2 glasses of 1/2 liter of spirit (96% alcohol by volume), 2 glasses of boiled water and 7 cloves. Place the grass with the cloves in an airtight jar, pour the spirit over and keep in a dark place for about 2 weeks. Filter and mix with boiled (cold) water. Set aside for a few days, after that time it is ready to drink.
Do you want to know more about lemongrass tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a lemongrass tincture by yourself.
Where to buy lemongrass for tincture?
If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried lemongrass on Amazon here – Starwest Botanicals Organic Lemongrass C/S, 1 Pound.
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Lemongrass tincture benefits
In the natural medicine of India, lemongrass has been used to treat indigestion and lack of appetite, and also as an antitussive, antispasmodic and antirheumatic drug.
The Chinese, on the other hand, believe that a lemongrass-based drink helps relieve headaches and stomachaches. In contrast, in South America, lemongrass is used as a means of brightening the mind and improving concentration. It is added to the popular yerba mate drink in Brazil, giving it a refreshing lemon aroma.
Modern research has shown that lemongrass has a beneficial effect on the level of cholesterol and glucose in the blood, therefore it is recommended in the diet of patients with type 2 diabetes.
Lemongrass tincture uses
Below are additional health benefits that may result from drinking lemongrass tincture:
- relieving anxiety,
- preventing infection,
- lowering cholesterol,
- boosting oral health,
- relieving pain,
- boosting red blood cell levels,
- relieving bloating.
Lemongrass tincture dosage
Use 6-12 drops of lemongrass tincture in juice, water or under the tongue. May be taken 3 times per day and stored in a cool, dark place. As it is a strong alcoholic drink it should be kept out of reach of children.
Lemongrass tincture side effects
Main side effects of overdosing lemongrass tincture may include according to web.md::
- the occurrence of significant headache;
- high blood pressure;
- fast pulse;
- sleep disturbance;
- allergy (itching, hives).
Lemongrass tincture contraindications
People with neurological problems are strictly forbidden to take a lemongrass tincture. Other limitations include chronic liver and kidney diseases. If there are irregularities in the work of the cardiovascular system, then it is impossible to talk about any toning agents such as tinctures.
What type of alcohol is used for lemongrass tincture?
Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried herbs, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herbs out of them.
How long does lemongrass tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, lemongrass tinctures last at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, they will last longer because the light will not damage them. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing them in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season, so they last longer.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of lemongrass
If you would like to check more info about the lemongrass here you can find webmd.com article about it.
It is also known under such names: Cymbopogon, Barbed wire grass, silky heads, Cochin grass, Malabar grass, Oily heads or Fever grass.