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Arugula Tea – Benefits and properties of this plant

by Dianna Leon



With a peculiar flavor that pleases some and dislikes others, arugula has many health benefits for our bodies. With a soft green coloration, the plant develops into small clumps. Its leaves have a strong aroma and flavor, and its flowers, whitish or yellow, are large. In its fruit, a small capsule, are the seeds. Its cultivation is easy, and planting is done using seeds, preferably in spring. After forty days, it is already possible to harvest the leaves, which must be cut at the base. Originally from Europe, the plant is sensitive to warmer climates, and can be harvested two to three times a year. Although its most common use is in salads, the plant can be consumed in the form of tea.

Benefits and active principles

The active principles of arugula are essential oil, vitamin C, mineral salts and pigments. The plant contains vitamins A, B, C, K, in addition to iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese. It is effective in fighting anemia and, due to a substance called colitis, it facilitates the digestive process and prevents the body from intestinal inflammation. It can be used to treat gingivitis, respiratory diseases, laryngitis, pharyngitis, in addition to being used as a tonic to lighten skin spots. As it is a source of omega 3, it helps fight bad cholesterol, in addition to cleaning the arteries and decreasing triglyceride levels.


Arugula should preferably be consumed soon after being harvested. However, it is possible to store it, preserving it for a few days. To do this, wrap the roots in a wet paper towel and place in a perforated plastic bag.

How to take advantage of its benefits?

When chewing the leaf, its properties will help to strengthen the gums, especially when done in the morning, after the usual hygiene. In addition, its consumption in salad or tea allows you to take advantage of the benefits.

arugula tea

To prepare tea, use the proportion of two tablespoons for each glass of water. Put the water in a container and heat it. While waiting for the water to boil, place the leaves in a cup, and then pour in the boiling water. Leave the cup muffled for twenty minutes and sweeten with honey. The recommended dose is two to three tablespoons a day for adults, and half the dose for children. The tea can be kept in the refrigerator, but it must always be heated before consumption.

To lighten skin blemishes, use the same recipe as above, adding the juice of half a lemon. Always apply in the form of compresses at night, not forgetting to wash well the next day before going out in the sun. The procedure should not be done during the day, as the lemon reacts with the sun and can cause burns.

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