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Lemongrass tea for migraine

Lemongrass tea for migraine
Drinking water is one of the simplest measures that is usually recommended when suffering from a headache, since hydration contributes to relief.

According to a study carried out at Griffith University in Australia, lemongrass tea would be very suitable for relieving high-intensity headaches, as the drink would concentrate some plant compounds, which would act as natural anti-inflammatories.

Cymbopogon is a genus of plants in the family Poaceae,1 with about 55 species native to the warm and tropical regions of Asia. It is a type of perennial grass. It is known as lemongrass in Panama, limonaria or limoncillo in Colombia, straw cedron in Bolivia, mal ojillo or malojillo in Venezuela, and lemon grass in Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. In the Dominican Republic it is called limoncillo, in the Argentine Northwest it is called citron grass. In the western part of Cuba it is called “caña santa” and in the eastern part “limoncillo” or “yerba de calortura”. In Paraguay it is known as Kapi-í cedrón. It is also known as lemon tea, lemon grass, lemongrass or citronella grass. In Ecuador, Chile and Peru it is known as lemon verbena. It should not be confused with lemon verbena or Aloysa citridora.

Lemongrass, with a mixture of citrus and bittersweet flavor, is reputed to relieve various diseases and its effects include everything from relieving pain to reducing the risk of cancer.

Australian aborigines have used lemongrass tea since time immemorial to relieve discomfort, including headaches. Such was its popularity that various teams of researchers from several Australian universities decided to investigate further and check if its benefits were authentic.

The research was led by Professor Lyn Griffiths, Dr Darren Grice and Dr Kelly Rogers. reaching the following conclusions.

  • The lemongrass plant has the same effect as a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory to relieve headaches.
  • The study lasted 5 years and the discoveries were published in academic journals of complementary medicine, as well as in alternative and natural medicine.

Lemongrass for migraines

  • Headaches and migraines cause a type of abnormal activity in our brain. For example, serotonin levels, a hormone that regulates platelet function, are altered.
  • If there is an excess of platelets due to the alteration of serotonin, the risk of clot formation increases, which threatens proper oxygenation of the brain. If brain blood flow is compromised, we can suffer strokes.
  • Lemongrass tea would help regulate the functioning of platelets, preventing them from accumulating, because it also influences the control of the release of serotonin.
  • Serotonin also regulates mood, appetite, sleep, muscle contraction and some cognitive functions, including memory. Thus, it is considered that by drinking lemongrass tea you can obtain these benefits.

How to make lemongrass tea to relieve headaches

You can find lemongrass ready to infuse in any health food store. They usually sell it dry, in bulk. Although you can also use the plant naturally. In this case, you would need a branch, which you would then cut into several pieces to prepare the infusion.


  • 1 tablespoon of lemongrass in dried form (10 g) (or a branch of the plant itself).
  • 1 glass of water (250 ml).
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon honey (7.5 g).
  • Preparation with the dried plant
  • Put water to boil.
  • When it starts to boil, add the dried plant, remove from the heat and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Next, use a strainer to pour the infusion into your cup and thus remove any remaining leaves.

Preparation with the natural plant

  • Put water to boil.
  • When it starts to boil, add the lemongrass sprig and let it cook for 20 minutes.
  • Then turn off the heat and let it rest until it is lukewarm.
  • Strain the contents into your favorite cup and drink in moderation.

Important note

When faced with a very intense headache, it is best to follow the doctor's instructions, since it will be essential to determine the cause well before proceeding to take any type of measure .

Natural remedies should never replace the opinion of a health professional or their treatments. And if you want to use any of them, the ideal would be to consult with the professional.

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