Known in some places as psilium, Plantago ovata is a plant full of medicinal properties native to Europe. Still, due to its ease of adapting to the most diverse environments, it has spread worldwide. Its diversity allows it to be used to treat many health problems of different natures, in addition to helping to lose weight and control cholesterol.
Properties and benefits of Plantago ovata tea
Plantago ovata has stimulant, laxative, anti-diabetic, and sweating properties in its composition. It is a great option for those who want to lose weight, as it promotes the feeling of satiety, controls blood glucose, and gives more encouragement for daily life.
Regular consumption of Plantago ovata also relieves gas, symptoms of type 2 diabetes, reduces the risk of heart disease and uric acid.
How to prepare and contraindications Plantago ovata tea
Plantago ovata seeds can be found in compounding pharmacies, natural food stores, or even ordered online. To prepare them, separate 3 grams of seeds, place them in a kettle with 100 ml of water, and boil for 5 minutes. When turning off the heat, cover the kettle correctly and let it rest until it is at a suitable temperature for consumption. So consume it 3 times a day, before main meals, for at least 1 full week. If you do not feel the benefits mentioned above during this week, you can extend the consumption as long as you alternate the days, consuming it between 3 and 4 times a week.
It is important to note that regular and excessive consumption – read daily and in more than 3 doses per day – of Plantago ovata can increase blood sodium levels, causing side effects.
Its consumption is contraindicated for pregnant women, lactating women and children under 12 years of age.