Today is Part 2 of our Belight Tea Wellness Benefits series. This week, we’ll explore how the tea and herbs in Belight support total body wellness.
Today we’re looking at Hemp Seeds and Cassia Seeds, the next two ingredients in Belight Tea. The seeds have some overlapping wellness benefits and some distinct properties of their own.
Hemp seeds, known as huo ma ren in Chinese, are packed with essential fatty acids (your Omega 3s and 6s) as well as amino acids (the building blocks of protein). They’ve long been consumed as an endurance food, due to their balanced macronutrient ratio.
In both Chinese Medicine (TCM) and in Belight Tea, we look beyond just the nutrient profile. In Chinese Medicine, hemp seeds are considered sweet (among the 5 flavors) and target the large intestine, spleen, and stomach meridians. It is said they nourish “Yin” (probably from the moisturizing nature of the fatty acids) and “clear heat” (which I attribute to their anti-inflammatory properties).
Energy, Inflammation, Appetite
Hemp seeds are thought to provide continuous energy and regulate blood sugar, likely due to their essential fatty acid content. It is also that balanced Omega-6 to 3 ratio that give hemp seeds their anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp seeds are also sometimes used to alleviate pain, which is probably a result of the reduced inflammation. Hemp seeds are thought to suppress appetite, which is one of the main benefits we ascribe to them in Belight Tea.
Known in Chinese as jue ming zi, cassia seeds are bitter and sweet (in the Chinese 5 flavors), and are considered cool in nature. They target the kidney, large intestine, and liver meridians. Cassia seeds nourish both “Kidney Yin” and “Liver Yin.” (Yin being the feminine, soft, water, dark essence, as opposed to Yang.)
Eyes, Digestion, Triglycerides
Cassia seeds are used in TCM to clear the eyes in the case of blurred vision, redness, and/or itching by clearing “Liver Heat”. They are also thought to increase gastric secretions to improve digestion. Cassia seeds are supposed to reduce triglycerides (blood fats) and potentially support weight loss. (However, they are contraindicated during pregnancy.)
Constipation, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol
Both hemp seeds and cassia seeds are used to draw moisture to the intestines in order to alleviate (typically dry, chronic) constipation. Both seeds also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, though the action of hemp seeds seems to be more in the prevention of elevated cholesterol.
There you have it–the properties of hemp and cassia seeds according to Chinese Medicine and their wellness benefits.
You can begin to see how Pu-erh tea and first couple of herbs in Belight work together to support digestion, healthy metabolic markers, and regular defecation.
None of these are claims or implied claims for these herbs and their ability (or not) to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent disease.