Frontier Organic Lemongrass
Lemongrass has a fresh, light, lemony flavor and scent that is a staple in many ethnic cuisines, including Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian. It's also used in hair and skin care products and for scenting perfumes and room sprays.
Lemongrass tea is perhaps the most popular use of lemongrass herb. It's delicious hot and cold, and it combines well with many other herbs in herbal tea blends.
Lemongrass herb is best known for its use as a tasty tea, by itself or in combination with other herbs. It makes an ideal, appetite-promoting, before-dinner tea, as well as a tummy-soothing, after-the-meal tea.
The tea is also a part of the folk medicine of many of the countries where it is grown. It is considered a cooling tea, and it is also helps soothe a restless state. Combining lemongrass with equal parts of lemon balm and lemon verbena to make a tea gives a full range of lemony goodness, whether served hot or cold. Lemongrass also combines well with the mints, especially spearmint and apple mint, and with other tart herbs, such as rosehips and hibiscus.
Lemongrass is also a good flavor addition to herb formulas, especially in those where it can act as a supportive herb to the formula while adding flavor.
The flavor of lemongrass is indispensable in Thai, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Cambodian cooking. The base of the fleshy stalk is what is typically used, smashed to release the oil and break-up the fibers, then chopped fresh and added to soups, stir-fries, curries and seafood dishes.
Dried lemongrass leaves are less potent than the fresh stalks, and, due to their tough nature, they don't make a simple one-to-one substitute for fresh lemongrass in most recipes. However, the dried lemongrass herb is more readily available and can be used in many dishes. For liquids such as soups and stews, you can tie the dried lemongrass in a muslin cloth (or bag), then remove it after the dish is cooked, much like a bay leaf. Or strain out the spent leaves before serving in sauces and in marinades. Another option is to grind the lemongrass into fine pieces before adding to dishes. As a guideline, use one tablespoon of dried lemongrass herb for every stalk of fresh called for in the recipe.
Lemongrass is also used in creams, lotions, hair care and skin cleansing preparations. Its astringent properties make it popular for use in products for oily hair or skin.
Like its cousin citronella, lemongrass oil is used in bug-deterrent sprays and makes a pleasant room fragrance spray.
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