When we visited our Vietnamese friend in Azle last Saturday, She prepared a lemon grass juice. I'm curious about its taste so I sip a little bit. The taste was just ok. It tastes lemon and grass. Ha ha! :) If you do not know what lemon grass is, it is an herb that most Asians like Vietnamese, Thailand, Malaysia associate with their food to give some citrus and ginger flavor. It is also known as citronella, but only few people know that. I got more interested on this grass like green leaves when Loan, our Vietnamese friend explained that it has a lot of health benefits. The one that she mentioned was, it can be used as a remedy for fever and cold. That's awesome. Honestly, I did not like much the taste, but when I heard that it has a lot of health benefits. I took some leaves and boiled it at home. I searched more about this grass like green leaves -lemon grass or citronella as most commonly known and found a list of its health benefits. Here are some that I gathered, lemon grass is a good cleanser that helps to detoxify the Liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract. It cuts down uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion, blood circulation, and lactation; it also alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis. It is said that lemon grass also helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples and acts as a muscle and tissue toner. Also, it can reduce blood pressure. Thats amazing, isn't? To make a lemon grass juice, just make a concoction by boiling some lemon grass leaves, let it cool for a while and drink the liquid. I also learned that you can use lemon grass leaves as food flavoring, particulary in fish like Tinola ( a Filipino dish ). I will try that one time. Lemon grass is one of those wondrous herbs that has a lot of health benefits, Not to mention, it has also an antibacterial/anti fungal properties.
Are you a fan of the movie Spirited Away? This is a story of a 10-year-old girl and her parents. While traveling to their new home, his father made a wrong turn. They unknowingly entered into a magical world. Both of Chihiro's parents were turned into giant pigs. Chihiro met a mysterious person named Haku. He explained that the world her parents were into is a resort for supernatural beings and she must work there to free herself and her parents.