Take two or three bruised stalks, chopped into half inch pieces and steeped in a pot of nearly boiling water, make a tea to aid digestion, ease menstrual cramps, reduce stress and promote a calm night’s sleep.
* How to bruise the stalk: Take a stalk of Lemongrass and remove the tip of the root end with a sharp knife, cut a piece two inches up from the cut end giving yourself a two inch long section, peel off the dried outer layer from the section and crush that lightly with a mortar and pestle to release the oils.
(Madagascar lemongrass) Cymbopogon citratus
Substitutions for lemongrass
You can substitute fresh lemon zest, Sereh powder, as well as lemon balm or lemon verbena.