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  • Buckwheat Description
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    There are many species of wild Buckwheat that are used for a wide variety of ailments. The Zunis used the root of Buckwheat to cure a sore tongue. They also ingested the fresh root to calm a stomach ache, and soaked the root for use as a liquid to soothe sore eyes. Both sexes of the Navahos used the wild Buckwheat as a contraceptive.

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    Today Buckwheat is used to treat itching skin and liver disease, headaches, and help regulate blood sugar. It is used to treat a wide range of circulatory problems, including varicose veins, and chilblains. Buckwheat is most effective when taken with vitamin C or lemon juice to aid absorption. Buckwheat can also be combined with other herbs to treat retinal hemorrhages, and high blood pressure. Recent research shows that the Chinese variety of Buckwheat has immune stimulant properties and can be used to treat chronic bronchitis, inflamed gallbladder, and pulmonary abscesses.

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    Buckwheat comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions. In treating blood pressure, circulatory problems and liver disease, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider before using Buckwheat as a treatment for your condition. It is important to store Buckwheat products in the dark as their properties deteriorate when exposed to light.


    Buckwheat is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses; however, it can cause light sensitive dermatitis. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe kidney disease is not known.


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    Buckwheat is one of the world's oldest domesticated plants, going back as far as 6000 B.C.E in Northern Asia. It is a broadleaf plant whose seeds are brown and about the size of a soybean. The plant itself has slender and knotty hollow stems and heart shaped leaves with beautiful white flowers. The plant itself will average about 3 feet high at maturity. Buckwheat is grown all over the world, usually in warmer areas as it does not tolerate frost well. Flowering begins a few weeks after planting and will last until the plant is mature. The flowers themselves are an incredible source of nectar for honey bees. Buckwheat is not a cereal or a grass, but is referred to as a pseudo-cereal to emphasize that it is not related to wheat.


    Mountain Rose Herbs: Buckwheat Hulls, Certified Organic, Miscellaneous Bulk Ingredients
    Buckwheat Hulls are a great medium for making all natural pillows, herbal packs and cushions. These certified organic Buckwheat Hulls are an economic and environmentally safe solution for those of us producing our own handicrafts for the natural home.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Buckwheat Sprouting Seeds, Certified Organic, Organic Sprouting Seeds
    The sprouts, which are fast becoming as popular as alfalfa sprouts. You will have better sprouts if you use a Buckwheat seed which has had its outer shell hulled, although un-hulled seed is suitable. The protein content of dehulled buckwheat is about 12%, with only 2% fat. It is high in Lysine, which is what corn and wheat are low in. It is also rich in iron, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Soak buckwheat seeds for no longer than 20 minutes, as they have a tendency to soak up water and then spoil. Rinse every 8 hours. The sprouts will show in as early as 1 to 2 days. They will store best if dry to the touch before refrigeration. Buckwheat contains Rutin, a medicinal chemical that is known to strengthen the capillary walls. This, according to James Duke in his Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, makes it a good choice for those concerned with varicose veins or hardening of the arteries. Buckwheat contains no gluten, and is therefore good for people with gluten allergies. It can be used the same way that barley is to produce malt for gluten free beer.


    Starwest Botanicals: Buckwheat Hulls, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Buckwheat Sprouting Seeds, Organic, 1 lb.


    Kalyx: Buckwheat Flour, Bobs Red Mill, 22 oz. (Case of 4): GR
    Buckwheat flour has a unique flavor that is especially great in both quick and yeast breads. This flour is one of the best sources of protein available from a plant source. Each case consists of four, twenty two ounce bags.
    Kalyx: Buckwheat Flour, Whole Dark, Birkett Mills, 50 lbs: GR
    Buckwheat Whole Dark Flour is made from unhulled buckwheat and is an excellent natural source of fiber. Mix this flour with wheat flour, because it is low in gluten, to make breads or pastas. Each case consists of fifty pounds.
    Kalyx: Buckwheat Groats, CHS Sunflower, 50 lbs: GR
    Buckwheat Groats have a nut-like flavor and are high in protein which makes them a perfect complement to hearty foods such as beef, roasted peppers, eggplant, cabbage and root vegetables. These groats can be used as a side dish alternative to rice, stuffing and potatoes. Buckwheat Groats are a good source of dietary fiber. Each case consists of fifty pounds.
    Kalyx: Buckwheat Hulls, Cut & Sifted, Fagopyrum Esculentum, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Buckwheat Sprouting Seed, Certified Organic, Fagopyrum Esculentum, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C


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