Are You Eating These Medicinal Seeds? You Should Be!

Right now it’s all about seeds at our house. Every year we order more than actually gets planted in the ground. Sometimes that means we wind up eating some of the stock that was intended to be planted. Sound odd? It’s not really, I promise!

There are a number of seeds that are actually food and medicine in their own right. If you purchased organic, non-treated seeds, or of you’ve saved your own, you might find yourself dipping into the seed supply from time to time for a quick remedy or even a tasty snack. Here are a few edible seeds that are worth a closer look:

Edible Seeds for Better Health

Dill (Anethum graveolens) / Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) / Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

All three of these aromatic seeds are important for the health of the digestive tract. Dill was the first remedy I suggested to my husband. He used to eat antacids like candy as a result of the stress of his job. Instead, I sent him to work with a small bag of edible seeds and he chewed just one or two when the burning and bloating attacked him. Relief is just as easy as that. Dill, fennel, and anise can all be chewed individually or combined for the same purpose or made into a simple after dinner tea.

Sesame (Sesamum indicum)

The sesame seed isn’t here just to decorate your hamburger bun. In health circles, many know the virtues of sesame oil, but did you know that adding the seed to your food in larger quantities may benefit you as well. I like to gently toast them and grind them for seasoning. Sesame seeds are high in calcium, so anyone who needs a boost would do well to get to know this delicious seed a bit better.

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Many people hate burdock. The burrs that inspired Velcro stick to your pets, your pants, and sometimes even to your fingers. It’s difficult to imagine any use for one of our more common Midwestern weeds. When carefully removed from the outside barbs of the burr, burdock seeds are a common medicinal seed that supports kidney, liver, and even eye health.

Borage (Borago officinalis)