Hoja Santa

Hoja Santa

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Scientific Name 

Piper autitum

What is Hoja Santa?

Leafy plant that grows in warm and semi dry climates. It grows in the American zone, from Mexico to Colombia. Its leaves are large and heart-shaped, velvety. Its flowers are long and white, spike-shaped, without petals.

Medicinal Uses

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Apart from being a great food and used in the preparation of many foods in the countries where it grows, the holy leaf is recognized for its antidiarrheal properties. Helps relieve colic. It is rich in fiber, so it improves digestion and prevents constipation. It also has a low calorie content, so it is recommended in diets to lose weight.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

It is recognized as an expectorant in respiratory diseases such as cough and bronchitis. It also helps improve the breathing of patients with asthma.

 Skin

It's resin and the essential oil of this plant are used as bactericides in open wounds, burns, scrapes and eczemas. It is also an antipyretic, lowering fevers caused by infectious processes in a natural way.

Applications

Its leaves are used, fresh or dried, in infusions. The resin is used fresh, for plasters and rinses. Essential oil is produced from its leaves, for external use. Hoja Santa is also a great seasoning for cooking!