Pioneers learned from friendly Native Americans how to prepare the poultice to apply to gunshot wounds, infections, and skin irritations. The mush was heated, wrapped in a clean cloth or in clan plant leaves and applied and held on or lashed with leather thongs to swollen or sore areas. Infection was supposedly drawn out by this treatment. Chia seed was eaten by Native Americans of the southwest for a wide range of unrelated ailments: upset stomach, body odor, prostate problems, constipation, and overweight.
For use as a deodorant, chia seed soaked in water overnight was made into a poultice that was placed in the armpits before the users went to sleep.
Chia seed supplies fiber in two forms: insoluble from its outer coat and soluble from the inner ingredients. The first type, containing cellulose and lignin, helps to prevent or ease constipation. The second type has been found helpful in lowering cholesterol and managing diabetes.