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


Lady of the Woods said...

thank you for this informative reminders. I have bookmarked that medinfo site and will try to remember what pumpkin seeds do. Thank you!

Comfrey Cottages said...

You are welcome Lady:) xx

Bridget said...

I often add pumpkin seeds to bread, lovely and crunchy and good for you too!

Comfrey Cottages said...

Nice Bridget:) xx

chris @ said...

I've been a sponge lately, soaking up information on the benefits of various herbs and fruits and vegetables. I've debated growing pumpkins for a couple of years, but didn't have the justification for it.

I may just throw some pumpkin seeds in the ground this year after reading your article!

Rita M said...
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Rita M said...

And I thought it was just good for some soup :)
Big hugs XXXX

Danielle said...

You have me feeling very excited for autumn now, and all those lovely pumpkins seeds I will be scooping out and enjoying :) It is always nice to be reminded that something you love to eat is also good for you - and I love the recipes you shared. Can't wait to try them.


Sharon Lovejoy said...

Yes!! I love pepitas and my DH and I eat them at lunch and sometimes on our cereal.

Summer joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Anonymous said...

The pumpkin seed brittle sounds HEAVENLY!!! Now I have excuse to grow a fall garden :)