Thai food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world due to the wide variety of herbs and spices that are used and the way in which the food is prepared.
One of the many flavors used in Thai food is the uniquely sweet smelling lemongrass. It is believed to have many medicinal and health benefits, especially when combined with other tantalizing spices such as coriander, chilies and garlic. The ever-popular soup, Tom Yum Kung, which has lemongrass as one of the main ingredient as well as garlic, galangal, and chilies, is widely believed to cure the flu, colds and some say, even cancer. Lemongrass, with its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, has been known to help with and even cure some digestive problems.
A very common way of utilizing lemongrass is to brew it as a tea. It has been shown to be a very therapeutic way to help control and alleviate respiratory issues including laryngitis, sore throats, and to reduce high fevers.
Lemongrass is also proven to be a healthy alternative to OTC (over the counter) pain medications and is known to help reduce and even alleviate muscle spasms, cramps, and muscle pain, joint pain, digestive tract spasms, stomachaches, abdominal pain, etc. There is also evidence to show that it can help in the repair of damaged connective tissues in ligaments and increases blood flow.
It can also help with skin conditions, like excessive oil, acne, pimples, dark spots, reduces body odor, and helps to control excessive sweating. The Vitamin A that is found in lemongrass along with the antibacterial properties helps to prevent and cure skin infections.
Now that you have the knowledge of what lemongrass can do for you, isn’t it time to come into Thaiphoon @ Pentagon Row in Arlington, VA for a delicious and healthy bowl of Thaiphoon Soup, Tom Yum Soup, or our Lemongrass Chicken? We look forward to seeing you soon!