Chia leaves therapeutic benefits-health

Chia leaves therapeutic benefits

There's something I've had wonderful experiences with and want to share.... I grow Chia here and dehydrate the leaves.They were easy, demanded little care, and they are beautiful in wild and cultivated spaces. I started mine with just a few seeds from the grocery store. There are warnings about harvesting the seeds in humid locations, so I don't use them at the time... but the leaves are so useful...

"Chia leaves (fresh or dried) steeped in boiling water, make a therapeutic tea. Use the tea as a blood cleanser and tonic, also for fevers, pain relief, arthritis, respiratory problems, mouth ulcers, diabetes, diarrhoea, gargle for inflamed throats, to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to strengthen the nervous system. Try the tea sweetened with honey and a few drops of lemon juice added. Women who suffer with hot flushes may find relief by drinking chia leaf tea regularly. A recent TV program highlighted the benefit of chia tea, made with a few, freshly chopped leaves, for anyone feeling lethargic or lacking energy. Chia contains several very strong antioxidants that help to remove toxins from the body, which then give a feeling of improved health."

Chia: Crop Potential and Uses - The Permaculture Research Institute

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