Salvia – the plant with multiple health-giving properties. One of the really useful properties of salvia is that it can help to flatten the stomach – when used in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet. Here we share the benefits of drinking a salvia infusion or tea – before you know it you will have the flat stomach you dream of.
What to know about salvia
Salvia is a herb of Mexican origin and a member of the mint family. It grows up to a metre tall (like a shrub) and has green, oval shaped leaves. It bears flowers rarely – they are red, pink, and white. It is an ancient herb with a long history as a medicinal plant and also as an ingredient “potions” that invoke visions.
Salvia has been used in lotions and creams for skin care and also for hair products because of its scent. It can be added to food – according to taste. Salvia:
- is anti-inflammatory – plays a role in relief of rheumatism, and arthritis and menstrual pains
- is astringent
- is antiseptic – useful for throat infections
- is anti-spasmodic – used for stomach or muscle spasms
- is nutritious – contains vitamins A and C
- strengthens the immune system
- helps control blood sugar levels
- soothes headaches and stomach pain
- boosts wound and ulcer healing.
Important note: Salvia must not be taken by women pregnant or who are breastfeeding. Also, it is not safe for patients that have kidney failure or neuro-vegetative instability. Salvia is thought to cause miscarriage.
How can salvia flatten your stomach?
Salvia can help to flatten the stomach in both women and men who are on a calorie-controlled diet. This is because a plays a role in regulating digestive function.
It is known that drinking a salvia infusion or tea can help stomach and digestion problems caused by eating too much food. This is helpful if you tend to binge on food when you are unhappy. It also helps if you have eaten a type of food that you are not accustomed to – like a lot of fried or highly spiced food.
Salvia also helps to flatten the stomach because it cleanses the body by getting rid of toxins that damage the body and build up body fat. Salvia has been shown to stimulate the gallbladder and to help prevent constipation.
This plant is thought to stimulate intestinal movement which can remedy flatulence and bloating. It also helps to eliminate excess fluid from the body which accumulate as swollen ankles, legs, and feet.
It is so easy to prepare salvia for consumption. To make a salvia tea (or infusion) you just put 15 grams of the dried or fresh plant (leaves and flowers) into a litre of boiling water. You can keep your own salvia plant in your house (in a flowerpot, the garden, a balcony, or in the kitchen with plenty of sunlight) and pick off the leaves as you need them. Alternatively, you can buy ready dried leaves from a health food or herbal store or via the internet.
Allow the tea to stew for at least three minutes and then add lemon juice to taste and if you would like. You can also sweeten this tea with a little bit of stevia or pure bee honey. Most people find that the unsweetened tea is a little bitter for them but everyone has their own taste.
One litre should be enough to last for three to four days. It is important to stick to a healthy diet at the same time. You should eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. These will also help to cleanse and detoxify your body.
The salvia infusion can be consumed cold if you prefer. It is best to drink it on an empty stomach in the morning – it will stimulate your digestive system throughout the day and effectively eliminate fats and toxins. You can store salvia infusion in a glass container with a cover (a bottle or jar) and keep it in the refrigerator. It is a great alternative to water when you are thirsty and makes a refreshing change to fruit juices.