Have you ever heard about blackjack? In today’s video, we will learn about its benefits to the body.
Blackjack is a medicinal plant that grows in warm areas and is easily found in South American countries. But, did you know that, in many places blackjack is considered a weed?
This plant, also known as Spanish needle, beggarticks, or cobbler’s pegs, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat inflammations, such as arthritis, sore throats, or muscle aches.
With anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antioxidant, and anti-diabetic properties, blackjack works for:
Blackjack tea contains diuretic properties that help eliminate the excess of water in our body, helpful in cases of water retention and bloating.
The blackjack tea helps clean the sinuses, and airways that might be clogged. It is also good to treat that persistent cough that stays even after your cold has already gone away.
Improving the immune system
Did you know that blackjack tea helps strengthen the immune system and prevents inflammations and infections? It also works for contact dermatitis, very common in people who are allergic to cats or other animals.
Protects the liver
Thanks to its hepatoprotective properties, blackjack protects the liver and helps balance and detox the organ.
Reduces blood sugar
Did you know that consuming blackjack helps lower blood sugar levels? Because of its hypoglycemiant effect, this plant can reduce blood sugar levels. However, before drinking this tea, it is better to talk to your doctor. If you already do a treatment with medications, blackjack tea may lower your blood sugar levels too much.
Blackjack is good for inflammation, rheumatism, sore throats, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and stomach ulcers. Other issues that can be alleviated are stomachaches, urinary tract infections, hepatitis, and menstrual cramps.
Now, let’s learn how to make this tea.
Write down the ingredients:
- 1/2 cup dried blackjack;
- 17 oz. water;
Combine the dried blackjack with the water in a pot and let it boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and drink one cup, 4 to 6 times a day.
All the parts of this plant are edible and can be used to prepare infusions that serve as mouth gargles or warm compresses.
Did you know that there are no described side-effects for blackjack? However, be careful when using this plant and avoid surpassing the recommended daily dose for each use.
Pregnant or nursing women and children must not consume this plant before talking to a doctor.
Source(s) / Reference(s):
What to Know About Blackjack (Bidens Pilosa)
Blackjack (Bidens pilosa)
Health benefits of Blackjack