The scientific name of poppy seeds is Papaver somniferum. It is an oilseed obtained from the opium poppy which is an annual herbaceous plant in the Papaveraceae family. It is originated in the southeastern Europe and western Asia. Nowadays, it is widely cultivated in North Africa, China, Asia and Europe for their seeds.
It is used in baking, as a condiment and for their edible oil. Also, it is used for the production of opium, heroine and morphine which are derived from the latex of the unripe fruit capsules. This specie, along with others species of this family are planted as an ornamental plant for their attractive flowers and foliage. The taste of this seeds is bitter, sweet sour and astringent. In one cup of this seeds there are 46 Kcal.
The major nutrients in this seeds are iron, manganese, copper, phosphorus and calcium. There are different varieties of this seeds, such as oriental this seeds, white this seeds and blue this seeds. This seeds have a number of very toxic compounds and many of them are extracted and used as pain killers in the medicine. The excessive usage of this seeds can cause death. There are some cases when this seeds can cause allergies, such as difficulty in breathing, skin redness, eye swelling, hives and vomiting.
Health benefits of poppy seeds
If you have noticed that you have a loss of appetite in the last period, then you can drink juice or milkshake with this seeds and you will notice improvements in your appetite.
If you have noticed that your skin is itchy or you have a burning sensation, then you should make a paste with pre – soaked poppy seeds mixed with lemon juice and apply this home remedy on the affected area.
Good for psychological health
There are very rare cases when some foods have components which can improve your psychological health. This seeds are rich in nutrients, such as calcium, iron and copper. When you are consuming them on regular basis, then the nutrients will regulate neurotransmitters which will improve the cognition and concentration. Also, nutritionists are recommending consuming this seeds because they will delay the onset of age – related diseases, like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Helps treat dandruff
We know that the dandruff is very common problem and if we let it untreated, then it can lead to hair loss. You can apply a mixture of soaked this seeds, hung curd and a teaspoon of white pepper on the scalp as your home remedy for dandruff. You should let it stay there for half an hour and then rinse it off. The regular usage of this home remedy will reduce the recurrence of dandruff.
Relieves body pain
Poppy seeds have analgesic properties which can help you to get a relief from different body pains in effective way. You can consume poppy seeds in the form of tea to alleviate pain and other factors which are associated with it. You can try warm tea made with poppy seeds if you have headaches frequently. But if you suffer from migraine, then you need to talk with your doctor before you use poppy seeds as your home remedy for it.
Improves brain health
The brain needs essential nutrients like copper, iron and calcium and poppy seeds are rich in all of them. These minerals can aid in the regulation of neurotransmitters and they enhance the brain function. Also, poppy seeds can help to cut the risk of cognitive disorders.
Cure mouth ulcers
There are some studies in which are said that poppy seeds have a cooling effect on the body which is playing an important role in the mouth ulcer treatment. You should mix some crushed dry coconut, powdered sugar candy and ground poppy seeds. You should shape it into a pellet and suck on this for instant relief from mouth ulcers.
Poppy seeds have calcium and iron. Calcium can improve the bone health while iron strengthens bones as well as the connective tissues. Also, poppy seeds have phosphorus which along with calcium make up part of the bone tissue.