Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea: the great ally of the stomach

Native to the Southern Region of Brazil, Espinheira Santa is a plant with therapeutic properties for digestive and intestinal well-being. Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea is an excellent natural solution to treat gastric problems from reflux, gastritis, burning, or dyspepsia. It is also known to treat the H. Pylori bacteria. By acting as a natural protector of the stomach, Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea contributes to a healthy intestinal flora.

Although Espinheira Santa has been used by indigenous peoples in Brazil, the first scientific studies appeared around 90 years ago. When used in infusion, Espinheira Santa has a characteristic bitter taste. 

Discover more about Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea, the great ally of the stomach and take care of your health.

Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea

What is Espinheira Santa good for

Espinheira Santa (Maytenus ilicifolia) is a species of the Celastraceae family, known for its active compounds. These elements are considered relevant for the protection of the stomach against possible gastric issues.

Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea is used as a natural solution to treat heartburn, colic, stomach pain, gastric ulcers, gastritis, urinary infection and fluid retention. This action on gastric and intestinal well-being comes from the fact that it is rich in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, soothing, analgesic and diuretic properties. The Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea can also act in the reduction of herpes, acne and eczema, as well as strengthening the defences.

In its natural state, Espinheira Santa is similar to the Holly, characterized by its rigid and pointed leaves. Due to its diuretic potential, this shrubby plant can favour the detoxification of the organism, helping to maintain weight.

Espinheira Santa Leaves

The Espinheira Santa is a subtropical species that flowers in March, but it is in January that its fruits attract many birds.

How to make Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea

To prepare one litre (1L) of Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea, you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of Espinheira Santa;
  • 1L (1000ml) of boiled water;
  • 1 Glass or cast iron teapot – all you need is a container with a lid and an infuser of 1000ml or more.

How to prepare: place 2 tablespoons of Espinheira Santa in a container in a litre of boiled water. Cover and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Finally, just strain it, wait for the infusion to cool down a little and you can consume it. 

It is recommended that you consume 2 to 3 cups a day, 15 to 30 minutes before your meals. You can use it as a natural stomach protector before taking your medication. Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea is not recommended for pregnant women, toddlers and for people who are hypersensitive to the active substance of the plant. On average, you can consume Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea for 30 days.

If you want to treat inflammation of the skin, you can soak a compress with Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea and apply it to the places you want. 

Suggested Digestive Teas

  • Star Anise;
  • Barbatimão;
  • Borututu;
  • Chamomile;
  • Gorse;
  • Licorice;
  • Blackberry Leaves - Amora Miura;
  • Leather Hat “Chapéu-de-Couro”;
  • Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum);
  • Fennel;
  • Picão Preto (Bidens pilosa);
  • Mint;
  • Citronella;
  • Rosemary;
  • Sage.

Physical Exercises

Tips for gastric well-being

  • Avoid stress;
  • Consume food rich in fibre and light;
  • Practice regular physical exercise;
  • Take time for yourself – good mental health is essential for a well-functioning stomach;
  • Avoid processed foods and alcoholic beverages;
  • Drink water throughout the day;
  • Chew food thoroughly and slowly while your mouth is closed;
  • Reduce the quantity of salt and vegetable oil you use during your meals. Replace them with healthier options;
  • Update your medical records to ascertain your current health status;
  • Rest;
  • Meditate;
  • Respect your satiety;
  • Avoid going too many hours without eating – take short breaks every 3 hours;
  • Drink Espinheira Santa Herbal Tea :)

Be happy with the best teas in the world! Until the next article.

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