For most of us who grew up in Belize, at one time or another, we have had the joy of drinking a hot cup of fever grass tea. Just the thought of it takes me back to my childhood, picking the grass in my grandmother’s yard and bringing it back for the boil.
If you’re anything like me, a Belizean living in America, the feeling of excitement is very high when you find a little piece of heaven on a regular stroll to the grocery store. I passed up this tea in the grocery store for three years or so before realizing my beloved fever grass went by other names. It is also known as lemon grass, barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, cha de dartigalongue, tanglad, Hierba Luisa, or gavati chaha.
Even though fever grass is typically used as a tea in Belize, there are many other reasons to drink this delicious herbal tea. Its name comes from the plant’s ability to increase perspiration and reduce fever when inhaled, thus its name: fever grass. Below are seven other great health benefits of this delicious tea.
Studies have shown that fever grass essential oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which help in fighting the infections caused by various pathogens such as Helicobacter pylori and E. coli. Fever grass is beneficial in the prevention of gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulcers, helps in stimulating the bowel function, and improves digestion. The anti-inflammatory properties of fever grass are beneficial for treating constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, nausea and stomach aches.
Some sources suggest that fever grass has antidepressant properties and is thus beneficial for nervous and stress-related conditions. It is said to be helpful in alleviating anxiety and depressive symptoms. It helps to strengthen the nervous system and may therefore be useful for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Improved Skin Conditions
The presence of Vitamin A in fever grass makes it helpful for skin issues such as acne. It helps to brighten the skin and eyes and clear up oily skin, and thus improves acne. Its antibacterial property is also valuable for skin infections. Fever grass may also improve body odor by controlling excessive sweating.
Fever grass aids in calming the muscles and nerves, which can help induce deep sleep. Research has shown that fever grass tea may have sedative and hypnotic properties in humans, which may help in increasing the duration and quality of sleep.
Fever grass is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing effects in treating coughs and colds. Along with other beneficial components, the vitamin C content present in fever grass helps in providing relief from nasal blockages, flu and other respiratory disorders such as bronchial asthma.
Fever grass is a febrifuge (a medicine known to reduce fever), owing to its beneficial effects in lowering fevers. The antipyretic and diaphoretic effect of fever grass is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine for curing fevers by inducing sweating.
Feva grass works as an antiseptic and may be effective in treating infections such as ringworm, sores, athlete’s foot, scabies, and urinary tract infections because of its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Studies (citation needed) have shown that fever grass exerts healing effects on dermatological infections, such as yeast infections, by inhibiting the growth of pathogens. Another study provided supporting evidence that demonstrated the efficacy of fever grass over thyme, patchouli and cedar wood oil in the treatment of various diseases such as oral or vaginal candidiasis.
Fever grass is an herb you can use for many common ailments, from its calming effects, to its positive digestive benefits, to its acne prevention, and its efficacy as a natural cold and cough reliever.
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