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Benefits you have to know about holy leaf tea

25 mayo, 2021

Today we want you to join us to learn about the benefits of Saint leaf, a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine, especially to accompany tamales. Did you already know her?

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What is the holy sheet?

Bean and chorizo ​​tamale wrapped in holy leaf

Also known as acuyo or holy grass, it is a popular plant in Oaxacan and Veracruz cuisine, mainly to prepare dishes such as tamales, wrapped fish, moles and sauces, its flavor is very similar to anise.

It is characterized by having a heart-shaped shape with a penetrating smell, on one side it is shiny and on the other opaque, it can be up to 25 cm long, but it depends on where it grows.

In addition to its use in the kitchen, since pre-Hispanic times it was very popular for its medicinal uses, in fact it is said that its name was given by Spanish priests who were impressed with its properties to treat different ailments.

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  • It has anti-inflammatory properties so it helps reduce vaginal and stomach inflammation.
  • Combat stomach pain and problems such as constipation and diarrhea.
  • Its tea is a good ally to relieve coughs and respiratory congestion.
  • Thanks to its ingredients it can help prevent respiratory diseases such as asthma.
  • Helps reduce fever.
  • It is a natural relaxant so it helps fight insomnia.
  • It is good for reducing joint pain.
  • Thanks to its safrole content, it is a good ally to reduce headaches.
  • Relieves pain and inflammation caused by menstruation.
  • When applied topically it helps wounds heal and accelerates healing.
  • Finally, being rich in vitamin C, it is ideal for strengthening the immune system.

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holy leaf tea

How to prepare holy leaf tea?

  1. Place a leaf in a liter of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Let cool, remove the sheet and drink.

eye! The effects may vary and to know the specific form or amounts in which it should be consumed, a specialist should be consulted.

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Some curiosities

  • This herb is spread in different parts of the Mexican territory, but it is also popular in Central America and some South American countries.
  • In addition to acuyo and herb santa, in some places it is also known as momo or tlanapaquelite. Yes, as you can imagine from the name, it also belongs to the quelite family.
  • It is excellent for wrapping tamales, as you can find these large sheets. However, pieces are also often put into the dough to improve its flavor.

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