food health: PANDAN and LEMONGRASS DETOX DRINK

Pandan & Lemongrass Drink

A decoction of “Pandan” and “Lemongrass” leaves can make a good detoxifying drink. By the way, “detoxification” or “detox” for short is the medicinal way of removing toxic substances in our body.

How To Make Your  Own Pandan and Lemongrass Detox Drink

boiling pandan and lemongrass drink

Simply pick 5-6 leaves of “pandan” and “lemongrass”. Wash it with clean water. Then, tie the two kinds of  leaves in a separate knot. Fill 3/4 of the medium-sized pot with potable water and let it boil for 45 minutes with the tied “pandan” and “lemongrass” in it. Remove the leaves afterwards. Chill it slightly and add a small amount of honey to add some sweetness in taste… then stir. Now, it’s ready for drinking! You can have it cold if you wanted it to be a refreshing juice or you can drink it hot enough… if you prefer it as your tea. It’s easy to do and healthy at the same time.

Health Benefits of Pandan

pandan

Aside from its aromatic smell and slight flavor when added while cooking rice or making gelatin, “pandan” or “screwpine” leaves can be considered more as an herbal plant. It can reduce fever and relieve headaches. It can also treat chest and ear pains, wounds, smallpox, arthritis and even leprosy as well. It has beneficial aids for stomach spasms and has healing effects on some skin problems with a bonus of strengthening our gums.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass

lemongrass

Lemongrass or popularly known as “tanglad” in the Philippines is not only limited as an aromatic flavoring in any cuisine or was stuffed inside “lechon”. It is best known for its detoxifying properties and as a body cleanser agent for the pancreas, kidney, bladder, digestive tract, and the liver while lowering the blood pressure as well. It also reduces stomach pain, fever, nausea, and prevents us from colon cancer as it boost our immune system.

Health Benefits of Honey

honey

If you wanted your honey to be nutritious with vitamins and minerals, have it raw and pure. The darker the color of the honey, the higher its antioxidant contents. Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and probiotic. It can prevent us from cancer and heart disease, and good for blood sugar regulation. In addition to that, it has the ability to reduce ulcer, cough, and throat irritation. Also good for healing wounds and burns and can help us to have a blooming skin. Still, it wouldn’t be good if you overdose yourself with honey.

Photos by: Sukito San

food trivia: HEALTHY GREEN TEA

Green tea originates from China and has become a part of many cultures in Asian countries. It was used against headaches and depression in Ancient China. Recently, it has been widely adopted in the West. According to a health survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, green tea contains “flavonoids” which are a group of phytochemicals found in most plant products that are responsible for such health effects as anti-oxidative and anticarcinogenic functions which on the other hand varies depending on the tea product. Drinking green tea regularly can also lower chances of having heart disease together with its anti-cancer and anti-bacterial healing benefits. Aside from preventing cancer, it  also lowers “bad” cholesterol and blood sugar, stops the unnatural formation of blood cloth, reduces high blood pressure, protects liver against toxins, boosts immune system, helps your body maintain healthy fluid balance, stimulates metabolism, prevents allergic reactions, and destroys free radicals that cause aging.  Other researches show that, drinking green tea regularly may help prevent tooth decay and promotes oral health by killing the bacteria which causes the dental plaque.

Source courtesy of:

Wikipedia: Green Tea

Health Mad.com

Green Tea Secrets.com

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