Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Remarkable Healing Properties of Pumpkin Seed

The Remarkable Healing Properties of Pumpkin Seed

Sayer Ji of, has shared oh so many ways, that incorporating pumpkin seeds into our diets, may be of benefit. From hot flashes, insomnia, blood pressure issues, arthritis, to anxiety and many other health issues, Sayer shares research about the health benefits of pumpkin seed. This is one of my number one go to sites when researching folks, and if you haven't checked it out, you should:)

                                     photo courtesy WikiMedia Commons

Pumpkin seeds can easily be added to the diet.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Scoop out an organically raised pumpkin. Rinse the seeds well, making sure to remove all flesh, and then dry on paper towels for several hours. Preheat your oven to a low setting (around 250 to 275). Put the dried pumpkin seeds in a bowl which has a little good quality olive oil in it, and toss the seeds to coat well. Drain and spread the seeds on a baking sheet and sprinkle your favorite seasoning on them. Sea salt, cinnamon, paprika, or any combination of seasonings/spices that sounds good to you! Bake around 30 to 40 minutes, tossing them every so often and watching closely so they don't burn. Cool and enjoy!

Here are some other recipes that use pumpkin seeds! There are many others on that site and around the web:)
Candied Pepitas
Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Pepita Roasted Tomatillo Dip

I personally like roasted pumpkin seeds in pesto. Just zip into your food processor and add to your favorite pesto recipe. Most folks prefer basil, but I adore parsley pesto:)

Herbal and Honey Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages xx

Monday, July 2, 2012

Springfield Sanctuary Celebrating Herbs Festival!

Oh how I wish I could be at this event!
  Springfield Sanctuary Celebrating Herbs Festival
by kind permission of Pryce & Marjorie Watkins, Wynyards Farm, Upper Slaughter, Glos, GL54 2JR)
7-9 September 2012
A fun weekend for all the family!
Herbal Medicine
Keynote Speaker: Christopher Hedley
Ali English: Making your own Tonic Wines
Charlie Farrow: Herbal Fumigants
Sarah Firnberg: Herbs for the endocrine system
Lucinda Warner: Herbs for the digestion
Growing Herbs
Debs Cook: Herbal First Aid for the Garden
Herb Walks
Wild Foods, Poisonous Plants & Medicinal Herbs
Sky Symphony Kite Display Team
Music, Stories, Craft stalls
& much, much more!
Cost: By donation (suggested £40 w/end, £20/day)
Further details: Contact 0121 707 8269 or 07920145639 or
Or visit
I hope many of my friends will be able to attend! Mark your calendars, (especially my UK friends! This is worth traveling for:) )
Herbal and Honey Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages