Chia is a variety of sage that grows in dry disturbed soil below 6,000 feet elevation. Its seeds were an important part of Native Americans diet. In the Mayan language, the word for Chia means "strength". Throughout the Southwest, tribes harvested Chia from large wild fields of the plant each Autumn. Once dried, the seeds could be ground into flour or stored for later use. |
Chia seeds are rich in nutrients; so much so that a single teaspoon full could sustain a person for a whole day of travel. Native Americans made much use of this quality.
The Chia has other values, as well. It is said it could be used to make alkiline water potable. It worked as an eye wash to treat irritation. Lastly, a poultice made with dissolved Chia was a popular treatment for external infections.
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