Salvia Hispanica

Buy Chia Seed in bulk from Starwest Botanicals.

Also known as Chia or Wild Chia Seed, Salvia Hispanica is a member of the Mint family and is native to Mexico. Chia seeds are commonly ground for nutritious drinks and used as a food source throughout Mexico and South America. As the health benefits of chia seeds have become established, it has grown considerable popularity throughout other parts of the world. Salvia hispanica is now grown commercially throughout the world, most notably in Australia for export of its seed. Chia seed is a food rich in omega-3 fatty acids and a rich source of antioxidants and a variety of amino acids. Chia was once used by the Aztecs in attempts to relieve joint pain and skin conditions.

Chia seed has unique qualities which make it more desirable for nutrition than other small seeds. For example, unlike flaxseed, chia seeds can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid and don't require grinding. Other small seeds such as whole flaxseed are difficult to entirely digest making it hard to recieve the full nutrition within them. In addition, Chia provides fiber as well as other important nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc.

Buy Chia Seed

Starwest Botanicals is proud to offer chia seeds, also known as Chia herb or Wild Chia Seed, as part of our extensive online offering of superior quality dried herbs, spices, loose-leaf teas and essential oils. While this member of the Mint family is still not very widely known outside of Mexico and the southwestern United States, in prehispanic times, the Salvia hispanica was one the most important foods of the Aztecs and nearly went extinct when the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs and settled in the Central Valley of Mexico. Today chia seed is increasingly available.

Today, Salvia hispanica is grown commercially for its seeds, which have become popular again due to their many health benefits. The Salvia hispanica seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They can be eaten raw as a dietary fiber, or you can grind the Salvia hispanica seeds and use them to create a meal called pinole that can be used for cakes, breads, biscuits and porridges.

When you buy Chia seed from Starwest Botanicals, you know you will get the highest quality product possible. This is because we are committed to several sourcing and quality control processes to ensure it:
  • We only source our Salvia Hispanica Chia seed from the finest growers in Mexico – our expert purchasers travel the world to find the best growers for all of our dried bulk herbs, spices and teas. We import our products from over 20 different countries currently and are always looking for more superior sources for our products.
  • We mill, mix and package our own products – using our 85,000 square-foot production facility, we can clean, inspect, process and package every product we sell ourselves.
  • We quality test our products on a regular basis – not only do we test our Salvia hispanica seeds, we test every single product we offer and then hire an independent lab to conduct quality testing focused on our products’ color, texture, aroma and flavor.


All of these steps give us full confidence that you will be happy with every Salvia hispanica order from Starwest Botanicals. If for any reason you are unhappy, we will promptly refund your purchase price, replace your order, or give you a store credit to be used toward future purchases.

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