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Chamba tea – Properties and recipe

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Chamba tea

Originally from the Caribbean islands, chamba ( Justicia pectoralis ) is a vegetable with excellent medicinal properties, especially for the treatment of inflammation and respiratory problems. It is classified as an herbaceous plant and its structure is composed of small white or pink flowers. A species of opossum can reach up to 50 centimeters in height. The predominant characteristic of this vegetable is the presence of coumarin in its leaves and stem, a hallucinogenic DMT anticoagulant substance. In the region of origin, chamba is widely used in the preparation of medicines for the purpose of treating lung disorders, bronchitis, cough, flu, nausea, fever, among others similar.

Knowing the medicinal properties

  • Astringent
  • analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • aphrodisiac
  • anti-rheumatic
  • Healing
  • Urinary tract anti-hemorrhagic
  • Expectorant
  • Bronchodilator
  • sedative
  • tranquilizer
  • Febrifuge
  • Smooth muscle relaxant

Suggested Use

Nervous affection, dermatitis, cuts, wounds, cold sore, liver disorders, gout, gastralgia, respiratory problems and insomnia are the most indicated problems to be treated with chamba.

For external use, we recommend bathing through juices and decoctions, while for internal use, the ingestion of the infusion and/or syrup of the plant is recommended.

Chamba tea recipe

A portion of the aerial part of the oakum should be placed in a cup of tea with mineral water and put on fire so that the liquid is boiled. Once the mixture has a strong aroma, the boiling should be stopped. Then, cover the container and let it rest until the liquid becomes warm. Before taking it is important to strain.

Usage: Chamba tea should be ingested, in the case of adults, in three cups of tea a day. For children, the dose should be half that recommended for adults.

Contraindication: There are no records of any contraindication for tea from this plant. However, excessive doses should be avoided as to the precautions.

Shamba syrup formula

In a pan, add two cups of sugar tea and one cup of mineral water. The mixture must be brought to the fire at a low temperature until it gains a thick consistency. Then, two cups of tea from the crushed shoots of the octopus should be added and stirred for five minutes. Once this is done, the mixture must be removed from the heat and left covered to rest for two hours. Finally, strain and store in a clean glass container.

Usage: The syrup of chamba should be taken in two tablespoons of soup three times a day, in the case of adults. For children, this dose should be halved. It is recommended for people who have a cough, bronchitis, discharge and flu.

Contraindication: Also called licker, chamba syrup should be avoided in excessive doses and it is not recommended for diabetics, pregnant women, nursing mothers, children under one year and people allergic to the components of the vegetable. Individuals with clotting problems should also avoid chambah syrup.

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