Have you tried chia seeds before? Do you like chia seeds? Chia seeds have become very well known in the last few years commonly used in foods and smoothies, Those tiny little seeds that swell up when added into a liquid, did you know you can also use chia seeds externally for hair and beauty purposes, well I guess you don’t, so I will share it with you, I have been using chia seeds for some time and if you read my blogs I’m sure you will know I like to experiment with natural ingredients.
What are chia seeds
Chia seeds also known as Salvia Hispanica, a plant that is a member of the mint family, which are originated in Central America and South America, the word chia means strength, chia seeds are amongst the healthiest foods on the planet, chia is grown commercially for its seeds, chia seeds are rich in omega-3 and fatty acids, since the seeds contain at least 35% extractable oil, chia seeds can be confused with basil seeds as they both look alike, basil seeds are black, tiny and round, chia seeds are a little bit larger, more oval in shape, the seeds are usually brown, grey, black and white.
Health benefits of chia seeds
Chia seeds may be very tiny in size but they do contain a whole load of nutrients that our body is in need of, Chia seeds are full of fiber, fiber is important in the diet, it helps the digestive system to work properly and absorb nutrients. Chia seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids which are known for their anti inflammatory effects, omega 3 fatty acids are known to enhance the health of the brain and the heart. Chia seeds are high in protein, protein is used in the body to build and repair tissues, protein is a macro nutrient meaning that the body needs a large amount of it. chia seeds are full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and manganese. Chia seeds can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, chia seeds contain a great amount of zinc, Vitamin B3, potassium, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B2. chia seeds contain a high amount of antioxidants, antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, and are also known to prevent the development of chronic diseases such as cancer.
How to consume chia seeds
Chia seeds can be incorporated in the diet in many ways, and can be taken any time during the day, you can add it on your oatmeal for breakfast, you can make a chia pudding or drink chia water, you can make chia jam, if your a baker you can use chia seeds as a replacement in your baking where eggs are required, there are so many ways to use chia seeds internally and I think you should use chia seeds for all the health benefits you will get in return, I will share a chia pudding recipe with you it will make a great dessert or a filling breakfast,
Chia pudding recipe
1 cup vanilla flavoured almond milk ( use any milk of your choice)
1/4 cup chia seeds
Maple syrup or honey to taste
1 tbls of unsweetened cocoa powder (optional if you like everything chocolate flavoured)
Add everything into a jar, add sweetener to your taste, mix all the ingredients together, and put the jar into the fridge, leave it overnight, the seeds will absorb the liquid and swell, take it out of the fridge and top it up with your favourite fresh fruit or dried fruit and Devour!! it really is tasty and healthy. Optionally you can add cream on the chia pudding.
Chia seeds for beauty purposes
Everyone is aware of consuming chia seeds, but little do people know that chia seeds can be use topically as they have skin and hair loving nutrients as follows:
chia seeds contain vitamin E, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which fights wrinkles and inflammation, it is known to keep your skin soft and supple and wrinkle free.
Chia seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids which help promote smooth and soft skin, omega 3 fatty acids can combat acne, dry skin and wrinkles. Omega 3 fatty acids have anti inflammatory properties, which can help to open the hair follicles, resulting in healthy hair growth.
Chia seeds contain zinc, zinc is an important mineral that is known to be a miracle anti aging mineral, zinc is known to fight acne and calm breakouts, zinc is a mineral which helps your skin look taught and supple, zinc is found in many OTC creams and lotions, zinc is recommended for promoting healthy hair growth and healthy nails.
Chia seeds contain vitamin B1, B2 and vitamin B3, B vitamins are essential if you want to achieve healthy skin and hair, vitamin B1 boosts circulation in the body and adds a glow to your skin when taken internally, vitamin B2 is essential for repairing red blood cells and maintaining healthy skin, vitamin B3 in the form of niacinamide is prescribed as a skin clearing acne treatment, vitamin B3 is recommended for those who spend a lot of time in the sun.
How to make chia gel
water (filtered water is recommended)
Place the filtered water in a saucepan, don’t worry if you can’t get hold of filtered water, you can still use bottle or tap water, add in the chia seeds, (if you are using tap water let the water boil up then add the chia seeds) heat on a stove on high heat, after 10 mins turn the heat to low, keep the heat on low for 2 mins or until the water reaches a gel texture, then switch the gas off, leave it to cool, once it is cooled down, use a muslin cloth to strain the seeds, it is difficult using a sieve, you will be left with a gel, store the gel in a container, it should last one month if you are using filtered water, if you are unable to use filtered water, do not use the gel more than 15 days, this gel should be stored in the fridge.
How to use chia seed gel
Apply to cleansed and toned skin, you can use the gel as a moisturizer, you can use the gel to soothe inflamed skin, you can use the gel as you would use any other gel, you can also use the gel on the full hair length to give your hair volume and shine, chia seed gel will leave your skin and hair feeling hydrated.
I hope you do try out chia seeds and I hope you gain all the benefits, remember to keep smiling and remember you are amazing just the way you are!