When I think of commercials of the 70’s and early 80’s, besides the famous Coke commercial where everyone sang in “perfect harmony,” I think of two things – – Sea Monkeys and Chia Pets. “Chi-Chi-Ch-E-Ya.” I grew chia as a child, and who knew decades later I would be planting this same plant outside the confinement of a clay sheep. And who knew as a child I was cultivating some ancient super food touted by tribes to help to give them energy for long journeys. “Chia” in the Mayan language means “strength,” and although confidence in what the Mayans have to say may be waning a bit, as the world is still around and all, the Incans and Aztecs were avid consumers of this super-seed as well. And why not? Chia is high in Omega-3, protein, fiber, and has five times the calcium of milk. The seed was thought to have enough power-giving properties to keep a warrior on a forced walk for 24-hours. Resources I’ve read have stated chia tea helps fevers, are used as a blood cleanser, for swollen throats, arthritis, and pain relief. The list could just go on. (This is not a picture of my chia plants – – mine just sprouted.)
I was sent chia seed by a very generous gardener from Garden Web, who sent me 45 different kinds of seeds from her garden, including chia. I started researching some of the seeds, and was shocked when I read the astounding properties of chia. It prompted me to find out if any of my other seeds had medicinal properties, and some of them do. So, this year I’ll be planting a few healing herbs, and finding fun ways to incorporate them in our diet. I’ll make sure to report.
I just planted chia last week, and within 5 or 6 days, it sprouted. I’ll be posting updates to report if this plant is friendly to novice gardeners like me.
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