I’ve been hitting up my local herb store lately and really getting into their bulk section. I like doing this because I can buy as much or as little as I want. Most of the time I buy items in smaller quantities so I have fresher ingredients in my cupboard. Then when I need more, I can go restock. Another plus of bulk buying is that I can try new things without having to buy large quantities. That way, if I’m not that crazy about a new food or herb, it won’t go to waste. Having said that, I recently found out how good pandan leaves are for us, and wanted to incorporate more of them into my life. One of the ways I am upping my pandan is to pair the leaves with lemongrass into a herbal tea and/or tisane. Below you will find a recipe for this tea, but I also wanted to share a bit of information about Pandan Leaves in regard to natural pain relief.
Not only are Pandan Leaves useful for healing wounds and diseases such as smallpox, they’re said to be a good pain reliever for headaches, ear pains, chest pain, arthritis, and fevers, too! (1) Plus, it’s believed to freshen breath and reduce gum and mouth pain by chewing the leaf. (1) And it’s effective in reducing stomach cramps and stomach spasm as well! (1)
- 1/2 T Dried Pandan Leaves
- 1/2 T Dried Lemongrass
- For a HOT beverage: Add 1 C Boiling Water to Dry Leaves and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain. Enjoy.
- For COLD (Raw) Beverage: Cold Brew overnight in glass jar. The next morning strain and enjoy!
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