I recently added these seeds to my diet and was pleasantly surprised how versatile they are, as well as health benefits. So I decided to find out more about them, also thinking about how they can be used to carry magical intent.
Chia seeds are small black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant, a member of the mint family and comes from Central and South America. Folklore from there says that the Aztecs and Mayans used chia seeds as a source of energy.
Chia seeds have a high fibre content, which is important for a healthy digestive system and many of us do not get enough fibre.
Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects, as well as being good for brain and heart health. Chia seeds contain omega-3 in the plant form: alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is harder for humans to convert into the form preferred by the body: DHA. This means the omega-3 content of chia seeds, compared to animal sources such as oily fish, is low. For those who do not eat fish, chia seeds can be a valuable addition to the diet.
Chia seeds are relatively high in protein, so are a useful source of plant protein and provide a range of amino acids, particularly for vegetarian and vegan diets.
The combination of fat, protein and fibre means the seeds are digested relatively slowly, providing long, slow release of energy to keep blood-sugar levels stable.
Seeds are rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium and trace elements such as manganese, which helps our bodies make enzymes.
Chia seeds magical properties:
Health, prosperity, protection, strength, transformation, change. Ruling Planet – Sun Element – Air
My recipe for Chia Seed ‘Porridge’, a tasty way to start my day:
200ml (UK 7 floz, US 6 floz) milk (I use almond milk – for prosperity, love, intuition & passion) 1 banana – for prosperity, health & spirituality 1 apple – for healing, love, knowledge, abundance & clarity 2 tbs chia seeds
Blend the milk, banana and apple until smooth. Pour into a container with a lid, add the chia seeds, seal and shake well to mix the seeds. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
Next morning the mixture is similar to tapioca, this can be eaten cold or warmed up, with a fresh fruit topping of your choice.