Annual herb growing to 2 V2 feet by 2 feet, with opposite leaves and white or purple flowers. The seeds are small, dark ovals of .039 inches that develop a gel-like coating when soaked.
A superfood, chia is rich in niacin, thiamine, zinc, calcium, manganese, protein, and easily digested fats. The ancient Aztec and Maya consumed it before battle and on long journeys.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Central America, Mexico, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Digestive, disinfectant, febrifuge, antiinflammatory, tonic. Used to treat stroke, heart conditions, obesity, diabetes, skin conditions, and eye conditions including poor vision.
For all conditions, combine 2 tablespoons chia seeds with 1 glass room-temperature water. Drink in one sitting. For weight loss, combine 1 tablespoon chia seeds in 2 ounces water, coconut water, or unsweetened cranberry juice. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Drink 30 minutes before breakfast. For skin conditions, combine 2 tablespoons chia seeds with 4 ounces water. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Apply the gelatinous mixture to the affected area.