- Alfalfa seeds are used in home protection blends to ward off poverty in particular.
- If you're going to ask for a raise or a bank loan, carry some with you.
- They're tiny and compact, and they're easy to add to any blend, mojo bag or paquete, or burn on candles without trouble.
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Traditional herbal/Ayurvedic uses:
DO NOT EAT RAW ALFALFA SEEDS WITHOUT MEDICAL SUPERVISION! They can have really nasty side effects if eaten raw, and these effects are cumulative. Please see the warnings at the end to be sure that sprouts won't mess with your health either.
You can sprout them with a little care and they are amazing in salads and on sandwiches to get all of their nutritional benefits! You only need about 1 tsp of seeds to yield about three cups of sprouts.
- provides plant protein and fiber
- small reduction in blood sugar
- lowers LDL cholesterol
- high in vitamin K
- antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
How to sprout seeds:
The process is easy, but you’ll need to rinse them about every 12 hours, so an alarm is your best bet, and a partner makes it even easier! But the payoff is pretty great since you can’t buy sprouts in grocery stores like you could before.
- rinse and drain about 2 tbsp of alfalfa seeds in a glass bowl or baking tray, and stir them to release air bubbles so they all get a good soak, and leave them for 12 hours
- drain and rinse seeds with cool water and cover them in the bowl with a clean cloth and put them in a room temperature place away from sunlight and leave them for another 12 hours
- rinse and repeat 6 times over the next three days (about every 12 hours) and keep returning them to the cloth.
- on day four, put the bowl into the sunlight to let them get nice and green.
- rinse and drain four times over the next two days.
- at the end of that last day (day 6) you can eat your sprouts and store the rest in the fridge
- If you keep your sprouts around for a week or so in the fridge, keep rinsing them to keep them fresh and prevent bacteria from hanging out.
- If you’re pregnant, avoid alfalfa as it can cause contractions
- If you take blood thinners, alfalfa sprouts, like anything high in vitamin K, can cause blood thinners to be less effective.
- If you have an immune disorder or a compromised immune system, sprouts are one of the things that can harbor bacteria if you’re not very vigilant during the sprouting process. If you can’t be sure you’ll be able to keep watch as they sprout, it’s probably best to avoid fresh sprouts.