posted by Jennie on Oct 10

To be honest I am amazed at how the lemon grass juice has worked for our family. Aside from the fact that everyone enjoys the taste, it really is very beneficial to our health.

Even my father was surprised that Lemongrass a.k.a. Tanglad (in our vernacular) can be used more than just for cooking our local dishes and regular viands. This wonderful smelling grass has always been associated to great Asian dishes like Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. And who could miss out the relaxing smell of a lemon grass scented candle.

Fact is the health benefits of Lemon grass are countless. First, studies have shown that it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is also known to help cleanse and detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and the digestive tract. I could perhaps even point to this juice why I don’t have arthritis attack lately despite the legumes and nuts in my diet. It is also known to cut down uric acid, cholesterol, fats. For those breastfeeding mothers, it also aides in lactation. Topically, it can also help in eliminating acne when used as toner. It can also be used as remedy to the deadly Malaria, fever and colds. I can personally vouch for it as an effective cold remedy. It worked for my three year old. The day he had colds, he would sneeze non stop coupled with bad runny nose. I had him take the juice every meal and the next day, no sign that he ever had the colds the previous day. Amazing!

Amazed enough? The list goes on and on. There are weeks when I get too lazy to do the Lemon grass concoction. The truth is I have no opportunity to get lazy ever. I don’t move a finger in a day and our house could possibly collapse, seriously. All I really need is to remind myself that it’s no more than cutting the sheaves about an inch and soaking them in vinegar for five minutes. Rinse and then dunk everything to the boiling water. Once a week. That would yield to three liters of juice. Just that thought and I can get to my feet.

Allow me to digress. Working from home can really have its set backs. First, I really can’t tell my kiddo that mama is working. Even if I do, he will not completely understand why I cannot just attend to him whenever he wants. That was something I had to learn (and still learning) to manage and handle right. So I shift from working online to doing my chores to taking care of my kid and back again to the endless sweet cycle.

Shifting and juggling can be the craziest thing. When I was back in the corporate world, my officemates would call me “Flash”, because I would do all my tasks ahead of everyone else. I cannot seem to relax until I am all done with things that I need to do. And of course I also want to relax. So that’s the ultimate goal, work before pleasure.

I amuse myself sometimes even now that I get to do several things all at once. I need all those juggling abilities. I need to be creative even having to involve the little guy in the things I do whenever I can. If I were of a weaker specie, I could have gone back running to the corporate world. Honestly, it would really have been more convenient but I know my priorities. Please don’t get me wrong, I respect those who choose to work away from home. But if one were to choose I am sure most women would rather really take care of their own kids. There will always be that tug in their heart to do just that. But then again there are differences in cultures and circumstances. What’s important is you are doing what you know in your heart that you should be doing. Otherwise everything you do is nothing but a mechanical force and even though it might not altogether be futile, there will always be something that’s missing.

Working from home is no easy task. Altogether, I could say that I spend twelve hours a day in front of the computer forever doing tasks in between. Mothers would understand how hard it is to manage a household with a bouncy three year old, home schooling him informally at that. But I am fine. What really is important is I love my job and I honestly will never exchange the place I now have for anything in this world. I love my family and I know in my heart what I am called to do.

Moving back on to Lemongrass, it can actually go well with either honey or muscovado sugar. Both are natural. Stick with it. It will completely defeat its purpose if you will use refined sugar or those alternative sugar free what have yous.

For your information, our very own and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) claims that for every 100g boiled lemon grass can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is the anti-oxidant scientists believe that can help prevent cancer. Another study of the institute shows that lemon grass oil can possibly cure keratomycosis via topical medication. Wikipedia defines keratomycosis as an ‘inflammation of the eye’s cornea’ (called keratitis) that results from infection by a fungal organism. Keratomycosis is the Latin terminology equivalent of fungal keratitis – it is the fungal infection of the cornea, the anterior part of the eye which covers the pupil.

For the Lemongrass juice recipe, please visit the following links:

http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2008/08/23/lemongrass-iced-tea-our-familys-new-fave/
http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2008/08/13/our-favorite-lemongrass-juice-recipe/
http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2009/04/20/sweet-potato-tops-camote-tops-juice-recipe/

19 Comments to “Health Benefits of Lemon Grass and Some Bits and Pieces On Being a WAHM”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Great post, mahal! :)

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  2. Frances Says:

    My goodness! Where can I buy this miracle leaf? I just order it from Asian restaurants whenever I can.

    Anyway, I just want to comment on what you said: “First, I really can’t tell my kiddo that mama is working. Even if I do, he will not completely understand why I cannot just attend to him whenever he wants. That was something I had to learn (and still learning) to manage and handle right. So I shift from working online to doing my chores to taking care of my kid and back again to the endless sweet cycle.”

    This is something I’m also learning as a new wife! And even if I don’t have kids yet, I also think about it already. I do believe that it’s important for our husband and children to see that we are more than a wife and mother. That was a struggle in the beginning with my own Mama, who was a career woman and who liked to spend more time working for God’s kingdom than spending time with me, for example! When Mama died and I saw how she affected so many people as a friend, I got a bit jealous that she wasn’t completely mine. But my heart swelled nevertheless knowing that she was a much bigger person than I thought she was =D

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  3. Jennie Says:

    Hi Frances, my dear friend! It’s available everywhere! I buy mine from the local market or the grocery store. Five bucks a sheaf! :D Cheap no. I believe though that organic is still the best choice. We don’t have a lot of stores carrying organic stuff. If at all they are all located miles away, East Ave. Hospital Sunday market, for example. I just have the leaves soak in a vinegar solution to take off all those pesticides that might have been used.

    It’s a good thing that even though we don’t buy the organic ones, so far so good parin. I guess it’s because tanglad easily grows everywhere, no need to use pesticides. I read from one of the research that I have done that you can immerse the roots of a market bought sheaf for one week and plant it in your back yard, which we do not have. Mas ok sana kung home grown. :-)

    Being a mother entails so much responsibilities coupled with all the expectations from everyone around you, including yourself. It can be the most overwhelming, ever. It is really important for us to be able to strike that balance somewhere. Buti ka nga, you’re getting yourself ready somehow as you psyche yourself. Pano pa kaya yung biglaan nalang naging mother. Mas mahirap yon. Sa totoo lang, I feel blessed that I did not become a mother until we were three years in our marriage. We maximized all those first years together as a couple exclusive to each other. Ang saya, kasi all we had to do was focus on each other. :D

    That said, motherhood is also sweetest thing , but with our nature, having imperfect judgment, we are really bound to make mistakes along the way. It can be the most frustrating thing lalo na kasi you want the best for your family. But over all, it really is about celebrating life. If you make boo-boos along the way, don’t be hard on yourself. Just keep thinking we are all works-in-progress. Always looking foward to become a better person in all aspects. Above all to do every single thing to glorify God. That alone makes everything hopeful.

    I should say that Tita Au focused on that. Her passion for the Lord radiated through her life. I’m sure she would have loved to have known her children better. Nga lang baka nang na- realize niya, you all began to have lives of your own. Naisip ko lang ha, kasi that’s how I feel towards my own mom. Career woman din ever, I have very few recollections of her “mothering” me. But when I think about all the sacrifices she has made for our family, those little sentiments of mine seem to be all too trivial. I guess that is also why you also love your mother so much. At least you got to tell her you love her from time to time. That is something I still need to get over- the fear of rejection. I want to finally be able to tell her freely that I love her whether she rejects me or not. Because I really do. That rejection scene just won’t fail to hunt me. Something that I ought to give over at the Lord’s feet but I keep choosing to hold on to.

    With that said, our hope is that the Lord will use our own experiences from our respective family of origin and be better mothers, all for His glory. I know you are going to be a wonderful mother, Frances! :D

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  4. Jo Ann Says:

    I work partially from home. Some days of the week, I have to report to our office. But I do not have to go to the office five days a week for I was given the privilege of working from home. And I share the same sentiment that it is difficult separating work from home life when you are in the confines of your own house with kids tugging at you, asking for your time. I am also still in the process of adjusting to it. It is not easy but the feeling is so fulfilling when I am with my kids. So as much as possible, I want to strike a balance between my work and family life.

    Regarding the lemon grass conconction, is it okay if I ask how you do it? A recipe maybe, if there is one? I would like to try this on my kids…

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    Jennie Reply:

    Hi Jo Ann! Thanks for your comment. I agree with you, motherhood can really be a challenge, but it can also be the most fulfilling. God bless you and your family! :-)

    Check out these links for the recipe:
    http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2008/08/23/lemongrass-iced-tea-our-familys-new-fave/
    http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2008/08/13/of-mugs-and-my-favorite-juice-concoction/

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  5. Cascia @ Healthy Moms Says:

    I’ve never heard of the health benefits of lemon grass. How do you prepare it? You boil it right? Do you have a recipe? I might have to try that concoction.

    I understand completely what it is like to work at home and be a mother. I am the same way. I usually take some time out to work, then take time out for the kids, then take time out for chores. It is hard to juggle everything. I found that I am performing my best at work tasks if the kids are in bed and I am in my room with the laptop and the door shut. Time management is challenging. I try to make time for everything.

    Great blog, by the way!

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  6. Jennie Says:

    Hi Cascia! Check out these links for the recipe:
    http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2008/08/23/lemongrass-iced-tea-our-familys-new-fave/
    http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2008/08/13/of-mugs-and-my-favorite-juice-concoction/

    Working from home really entails putting together some skills in home and family management. There are good days and there are not so good ones. But the key really is to device a system and I so agree with you when you say about performing best when the kid is sleeping (either afternoon nap or at night). I really take advantage of that time.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet affirmation. God bless you! :D

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  7. The Hawg! Says:

    Wow! I’ve loved lemongrass for years and love to see it tossed in whatever Chinese dish I’m ordering. But it’s that healthy, too? Who knew?

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  9. jhon Says:

    Thank you for information.I think this nice post.

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  10. edelweiza Says:

    we serve lemon grass juice as complimentary drinks to our guests at la cocina de tita moning (the resto where i work part-time). our gardener grows tanglad in the garden in front of the house. i researched about tanglad before and learned it has lots of medicinal properties.

    as for your being a WAHM, i think you’re doing great. keep it up! when your kiddo gets to read your blogs in the future, he’ll surely be prouder of his parents. :)

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  12. Alexis Martin Says:

    i was also home schooled when i was younger and it is also a great weay to get your education.`”;

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  13. Matilda Mitchell Says:

    i was home schooled too but i would still prefer regular schools.“;

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  14. MrsMartinez Says:

    Jennie
    Nice post! My post isn’t as detailed as this hehe
    I will drink tanglad na when I get home ; )
    Promise!
    xoxo
    MrsM

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  15. Kelly Says:

    Hi Jennie,

    I was inspired reading about you juggling to be a WAHM. I am considering it too once I have kids. At this moment I’m increasing my work skills so that I can be a WAHM. Thanks for the Lemongrass juice recipe. I love lemongrass flavour and its time I started drinking its juice too! and wow, it has that much health benefits??? Thank you for sharing!

    Kelly.

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