Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Salvia Divinorum—the unacknowledged ‘King’ of Herbs

We have all come across herbs like salvia being used as active flavoring agents in various cuisines. While some of them are known to have some health benefits, most of them are appreciated for their culinary contributions. However, not many people realize that there is one herb that is at par with any other contemporary or traditional herb in terms of rendering a distinct aroma and has amazing health benefits too, far greater than any of its herbal counterparts—Salvia divinorum.

For some strange reasons, this herb has been ridiculed by some folks who have categorized it with harmful drugs like marijuana or cocaine. This misconception is largely due to the abusive usage of Salvia plant wherein it is smoked in its raw form. It should be understood that Salvia divinorum is purely a flavoring herb in its proper, extracted form and not an intoxicant. In terms of benefiting the user, Salvia divinorum is regarded to have substantial healing potential.

Understanding Salvia herb health benefits
Laboratory trials have proved beyond doubt that the herb extracts of Salvia plant have pain-relieving properties. Secondly, the herbal extract also helps to control anxiety that plays a huge role in controlling any chronic condition that may be bothering a patient, often causing the disease to take upon more dangerous proportions. Today, medical scientists across the world are trying to inculcate trace amounts of Salvia for treating serious mental conditions like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

However, for the average user, Salvia extracts. when used as a cooking ingredient, contribute in easing common healthcare issues like insomnia or mild depression along with helping to overcome stress-induced indigestion. In the Mexican culture, this herb is still widely used for treating health disorders like anemia and rheumatism. While the use of Salvia divinorum as a proper medicinal ingredient is still being researched, its curative properties present no hazard to an individual. Any interpretations of Salvia as a recreational or mind-altering herb are cases of propaganda emanating from wrongful use of this truly, magical herb.

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