Monday, July 19, 2010

Serai (Lemongrass) – Destroyer of Malignant Cancer Sells

My friend’s sister who is a teacher had just undergone an operation to remove 1/3 of her lungs that was cancerous. The operation was done by a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and I was told that there is only a handful of this specialist in Malaysia. A few hospitals in KL share one Cardiothoracic Surgeon. She was told to stay away from meat for five year and have to be on strict medication during this time. One of the nutritionist in the hospital told her that Serai (lemongrass, Scientific Name, Cymbopogon citratus) is effective in killing cancerous cells. She was asked to boil serai in water to drink from time to time. In fact it would be good for the whole family members to drink this serai drink as well. Then, I remembered that I have written about the properties of serai in my previous post Edible Plants, Fruits and Herbs in a Foodie Garden. It seems that the active ingredient citral in serai is capable of destroying cancer cells in our body. I have seen my dogs which are sick chewing and eating serai plant when I was young. They seem to be cured after eating the serai plants at my house. Apart from that serai also have anti fungal properties and is commonly used as insect repellent. I boiled some serai and added in a small amount of rock sugar for my family to drink. Actually it tastes quite good!

20 comments:

Mei Teng said...

Thai and Balinese restaurants commonly serve lemongrass drinks.

Angie's Recipes said...

They are expensive here...
just done with the voting.

wenn said...

that's new to me.

umihoney said...

Pete thank you for info on serai or lemon grass..theres also the 'serai wangi' use in bathing and other spa/medicinal thingy.

I have voted for you're the voice :)

manglish said...

ehhh i didnt know leh...must go find out...

tuti said...

ok, doing pete's communal service and voted. ;)
next must find lemon grass to chew. ;P

coffeesncookies said...

voted for your friend.. bluedreamer.
i actually can't imagine how lemongrass will taste like.. I should try tho.. my lemongrass plants all turn like lalang already.

reanaclaire said...

oh ..with rock sugar? never tried it before... but i love drinking the soup with serai in it.. lemongrass has a very special smell..

xin said...

thanks for sharing this recipe! i only know can boil pandan. i will share with my family :)

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

mom oso plant it at backyard. hehe

suituapui said...

Yes, good for many things - all these stuff like curry leaves, pandan, ginger etc etc etc. Can google to read up more.

foongpc said...

Ooh! Lemongrass drinks! Reminds me of Thailand! : )

Merryn said...

serious? just boil and add rock sugar? must try then.. i love the scent of lemon grass :D

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

I simply loved to add lemongrass in most of my cookings. Now, shall boil n drink it too! Thanks 4 sharing the info. :)

Claudia Sibert said...

my pleasure Pete!

smallkucing said...

oh like that ah..thanks for sharing will find serai and boil.

Cheryl said...

This is so interesting!

mNhL said...

Heard of lemongrass juice but never try to drink them.

Annie Q said...

I had read somewhere about this lemongrass drink.

Thanks for sharing.

Ayie said...

i also read about this in an email that's why i started drinking fresh brewed tea from lemongrass but stopped when I was pregnant. Me and hubs decided to drink again just to keep our health in good shape

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