Salvia is a plant with many healthy properties. One of them is helping flatten the stomach, which makes it ideal for weight loss diets. Learn about the benefits of drinking a salvia infusion or tea in the following article.
What to Know About Salvia
It is a spice with mediterranean origins, a member of the mint family, and grows like a shrub. The leaves are green and oval shaped, and the flowers are red, pink, and white. It has a long history as a medicinal plant and also as an ingredient for a lot of “potions”. They used to say that anyone who ate salvia leaves would gain knowledge.
Salvia has a lot of uses from gastronomy to beauty treatments. It is used in lotions and creams for skin care and also for your hair because of its scent. According to you taste, it is used in meal preparations. Some of salvia’s properties are:
- Anti-inflammatory, which is why it helps relieve muscle pains, rheumatism, and arthritis
- It is astringent
- It is a powerful antiseptic, great for getting rid of throat infections
- It is spasmodic, to be used for stomach or muscle spasms
- Fights viruses and bacteria
- Offers a large amount of vitamins A and C
- Strengthens your immune system
- Relieves respiratory and digestive problems
- Helps control blood sugar levels
- Increases sweating because of its drying properties (for fevers)
- It is proven that it can be used to relieve menstrual related pains
- Soothes headaches and stomach pain
- Prevents fluid retention
- Boosts wound and ulcer healing
You should know that salvia is contraindicated for women who are lactating and for patients that have kidney failure or neuro-vegetative instability. This is because of the large amounts of thujone, neurotoxic in high doses, which can cause convulsions. It can also cause abortion, which is why it is not recommended for pregnant women.
Why Salvia for a Flat Stomach?
This is a very popular question and it should be cleared up. This plant, which is used in the kitchen and for beauty treatments that also has excellent properties for different illnesses and disorders like we said above, is very good for people that want a flat stomach in a short amount of time. It is great for women that are on a diet (as well as men) because among salvia’s benefits, there is the fact that it can regulate the digestive functions.
Drinking a salvia infusion or tea can prevent and also relieve inflammation that is caused by stomach problems, like eating too much food for example (which is known as binging) or eating food that you are not used too ( like fried food, chocolate, etc.). It is also used to not eat “treats” during a diet, because these foods are eaten in desperation and tend to be too filling.
This plant as an infusion can also be used to cleanse the body because it gets rid of toxins that damage the body. We should say that salvia stimulates the gallbladder, helps fight constipation, promotes intestinal movement, and get rid of flatulence, among its many properties. It gets rid of accumulated gas (one of the reasons why you have a bloated stomach) and facilitates the elimination of liquids that are retained in the body (especially in the ankles, legs, and feet).
Preparing a salvia tea is truly very simple. Just put 15 grams of the dried or fresh plant (leaves and flowers) per liter of boiling water. If you like the more natural kinds, you can have a salvia plant in your house (in a flowerpot, the garden, a balcony, or in the kitchen with plenty of sunlight) or just go to a dietary or herbal store and buy dried salvia, as well as any other herbs.
Once you mix the water and salvia, let sit for three minutes. Then add lemon juice to taste and if you would like, you can sweeten this tea with a little bit of stevia or pure bee honey. Its unsweetened flavor can be a little bitter, but it will depend on your preferences.
This amount should last you for three to four days. During this time, you should have a healthy diet besides drink the infusion, which should be full of fruits and vegetables, especially those that cleanse and detoxify your body better.
You can drink the salvia infusion cold as well as hot. We suggest drink it on an empty stomach in the morning to better stimulate your digestive system all day and also to more effectively eliminate fats and toxins. You can put it in a container with a cover (a bottle or jar, for example), in the refrigerator and drinking it as a cold tea when you are thirsty or make an infusion with less salvia if it’s wintertime and you want to heat your body up a little or take a break during work.
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