The Explosive Power Of Seeds

At school, history was not one of my favourite subjects. I managed to pass the exams but the day I left school all knowledge of history fell out of my head. Except for the fact that Henry VIII had six mothers-in-law!

Some years later, I came across a paperback titled “Seeds of Change” by Henry Hobhouse. The book explains how five plants—sugar, tea, cotton, potato, and quinine—have changed the history of the world (since Columbus linked America to Europe). In a revised edition, he added cocoa.

The premise is that while most historical records focus on human influence (e.g., a victorious military campaign, the madness of Kings and Emperors, or a political upheaval), Hobhouse emphasises how plants were a greater controlling factor in the historical process, particularly in relation to their influence on population migration.

To claim that the British would never have sustained an empire without quinine (for malaria) or John F. Kennedy would not have been the US President were it not for the potato famine and the consequent cotton and sugar-led migration of African populations may be conjecture, but you can appreciate the point that’s being made.

Suddenly, history became interesting. There were fewer battles, dates, and political events to recall verbatim, and there was a wholly different approach to the school curriculum.

Eating The Seeds

When you travel around Asia, you become more and more aware of the different fruits and vegetables on offer. Trying the delights of the tamarillo (it’s like a party in your mouth!), the stall owner explained to me why I should always eat the seeds of a fruit…..because they contain an enormous amount of life energy that becomes the plant.

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The Explosive Power Of Seeds

When you look up something like ‘healthy seeds’ on your web browser, you’ll find an assortment of sites promoting the usual ones: chia, hemp, pumpkin, flax, sesame, mustard, poppy and sunflower. They’re a great source of healthy fats, vegetarian protein, fibre, antioxidant polyphenols, Omega-6, Vitamin E and valuable ingredients such as copper, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous.

Although these are extremely nutritious, there are plants/seeds that don’t get the same spotlight. I used to just throw away valuable things, such as seeds from watermelon, papaya, pineapple, passion fruit, dragon fruit, star fruit, apple, and orange (all with their seeds), plus some soursop, cut ginger, turmeric, and a dash of hemp seed oil.

I don’t juice all the seeds in a papaya, as there are so many of them. If the seeds look a little strange with their gelatinous casing, use a strainer to wash them off.

The Explosive Power Of Seeds
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Why you should eat papaya (and other) seeds before vaccinations

If you ever feel you are forced to have a vaccination, take as many natural anti-inflammatories as you can, before and after, because the effect of vaccination is always internal inflammation.

You can eat fresh seeds right after opening the fruit without drying them. Alternatively, you can stone-ground or roast them and sprinkle them into a muesli dish, a soup, or a salad, as you prefer.

Just avoid the seeds of cherries, plums, nectarines and peaches. Although ingestion should be avoided, it won’t hurt you if you accidentally swallow a seed or two. Mind you, seeds and pits should never be crushed or placed in a blender for consumption.

Dr. Elmar Jung
Dr. Elmar Jung
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