Lemongrass Drink(น้ำตะไคร้)

Lemongrass Drink



Rinse a couple of lemongrass stalks and crush lightly. Bring to the boil approximately a bottle of water and 1.5 grams of sugar. Add the crushed lemongrass and continue to boil for three more minutes. Remove the pot from the cooker. Bottle and chill in the fridge.

Eases indigestion, flatulence, sharp stomach pains; releases urine and perspiration for those with fever.

Ginger Drink(น้ำขิง)

Ginger Drink


Peel matured ginger. Rinse and crush lightly. Boil crushed ginger for two-five minutes and drain. Add sugar to taste. Remove from the cooker and chill in the fridge.

Helps release gas; eases indigestion, nausea, car or seasickness and helps digest protein.

Star Gooseberry Drink(น้ำมะยม)

Star Gooseberry Drink


Rinse fully ripened star gooseberries. Transfer a cup of seeded gooseberries to a blender and add two cups of boiled water, three-four cups of syrup and half spoonful of salt.
Taste and heat over the cooker for three-five minutes. Bottle and chill in the fridge.

Rich in vitamin C, star gooseberry drink is refreshing and effective as a thirst quencher


Royal Lilies


In Thailand, there are two variations of royal lily, namely white and pink. They both have the botanical features shared by other water plants, marked with giant round leaves of dark green. Long stalks that rise above the surface of the water support the leaves, while the flower comprises different layers of petals.
The cone-shaped buds contain seeds that grow into fruits or lily cones. 

In the meantime, the roots grow deep into the soft soil. In general, royal lilies propagate using seeds; only a few species propagate using stalks.

Almost all parts of the royal lily are useful. Lily buds are used as religious offerings; leaves hold food; petals are used to roll tobacco and as raw material for other handicrafts; shoots and stalks are edible whether boiled, stir-fried or curried; seeds are used both in savories and desserts and the roots boiled with sugar are refreshing.

Royal  lilies also boast medicinal properties. Stamens from lily buds reinvigorate the body, help urinary discharge and heal wounds.
The roots are sweet and scented and can be used to treat diarrhea. Bulbs and seeds are effective for quenching thirst and cooling the body, aiding mucus discharge and healing fresh wounds. And the bitter kernel of lily seeds helps enlarge arteries and nourish heart muscles. A water plant such as the royal lily is thus beauty with value.