The 6,000 Mile Journey of Lemongrass

(Re)Meeting Your Leafy Companions

As we amble through parks or stroll along city sidewalks, have you ever paused to wonder about the silent companions we pass every day? Those plants and weeds that flourish around us—from the tenacious humbug weeds that cling to our clothes to the majestic forest giants that canopy overhead—they have stories to tell, too. It’s time we got to know our green neighbors a little better.

Today let’s unravel the tale of an old friend who’s been with us for ages!

Lemongrass - Cymbopogan citratus

Lemongrass, known as wapine in Hawaii, tanglad in the Philippines, and sereh in Indonesia, is more than just a plant. Originating from Southern Asia, it belongs to the grass family (Poaceae) and thrives as a clumping perennial. Standing about 3 feet tall and wide, it craves sunlight and well-drained soil, making it a staple in tropical gardens from sea-level to 3000 feet.

A Journey to Hawaii

Lemongrass found its way to Hawaii through the migration of various South Asian groups, who came to work in sugar plantations. Introduced to Native Hawaiians through trade, it quickly found a place in traditional herbal medicine, a legacy that endures today.

From Garden to Cup

Lemongrass tea, crafted from its aromatic stalks or leaves, offers a smooth, lemony flavor that’s as refreshing hot as it is cold or iced. Known for its antibacterial properties and potential to lower cholesterol, this herb is rich in antioxidants and cherished for its ability to soothe sore throats and reduce inflammation. Whether you’re brewing a cup or adding it to a nourishing soup, Lemongrass adds a touch of tranquility to any day.

Embrace the Experience

Sipping Lemongrass tea isn’t just about enjoying a flavorful beverage; it’s about embracing a calming ritual that connects us with the simple pleasures of life. Whether it’s a morning start or a soothing end to your day, Lemongrass invites you to slow down and savor the moment.

Grow Your Own Wellness

Plant a Lemongrass stalk and witness its growth firsthand. Let it flourish in your garden, infusing your home with its natural beauty and healing benefits. If you have any questions, you can always contact us!

Remember: Moderation Matters

As with any herbal use, moderation is key. If you’re pregnant or nursing, consult your doctor before incorporating Lemongrass into your routine.

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