TOP 5 HEALTH BENEFITS and uses of POPPY SEEDS: Medicinal extracts

Poppy seeds

Poppy seeds are harvested from the dried seed pods of the poppy. Believe it or not in some countries it is illegal to grow poppies, but in europe they are freely grown and sold.

Interesting fact: Poppy seeds are used in the production of morphine due to their sedative analgesic properties.

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Health benefits Poppy seeds

Traditionally poppy seeds and extracts have been used as muscle relaxants due to their sedative analgesic properties. This means they could be a good alternative treatment for muscle cramping. Since then there has been no definitive research to prove all the health benefits; however people have been using the poppy seeds natural relaxant to help the body in a more natural way:

To help with sleep

The high quantities of magnesium within the poppy seeds are directly linked to having a peaceful and longer sleep. They can also reduces symptoms of disorders such as insomnia by regulating the metabolism.

Managing blood pressure

The relaxation properties of the poppy seeds contribute to a decrease in hypertension because the blood vessels relax and dilate allowing the pressure within them to drop.

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Improve digestion

High in fibre poppy seeds may aid digestion by stimulating contractions through the smooth muscle forcing food through your system. Lots of other foods do contain fibre but the ratio of content of fibre to the size of poppy seeds is very high.

Red blood cell formation

Copper and iron is essential for red blood cell production and a deficiency in iron can cause anemia and general fatigue. Poppy seeds have not been proven to prevent this but have been used to help avoid deficiencies such as these.

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Aids bone health

Known as an excellent source of zinc which is proven to increase bone mineral density and general bone health.

 

 

 

 

TOP 5 Health Benefits of ARGAN OIL

Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is said to have many healing properties and alternative uses. Although some of these have never been scientifically proven it doesn’t mean these natural ingredients won’t work for you.


  1. Anti-inflammatory

Although argan oil has not been scientifically proven to treat skin conditions such as eczema or acne, its anti-inflammatory properties may be beneficial for those suffering with conditions such as this. It may be used to calm down the skin and reduce the pain and irritation.

  1. Moisturising the skin

Argan oil reduces oiliness of the skin through its sebum reducing capabilities. So for those who have naturally more oily skin this may be beneficial when used as a soap or scrub.

  1. Anti-oxidants

This is not supported by any major scientific proof and would need to be researched more however due to the anti-oxidant characteristics of argan oil it may decrease would healing times when taken in a tablet form. This could be especially useful oil for those who have a weakened immune system through either illness or harsh treatment, or for the elderly who may struggle to heal after injury.

  1. Anti-ageing

Argan oil has a property to increase the elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce the effects of ageing on the skin, making the skin feel light.

  1. Reduces stretch marks

Again, this healing technique is due to the increased elasticity of the skin and can be helpful to pregnant women where stretch marks are likely to feature. Rubbing directly onto the site on the skin is the most effective way to use obtain the oils through the skin