Ten Seeds To Add To Your Seed Bank
By: Tom Chatham
There are many different types of seeds that a self sufficient person might want to have but there are some beneficial plants that many do not immediately think of. Your soil and growing season will dictate what will work for you but it does not hurt to try oddities from time to time to establish a new norm in your area. Increased variety of plants will almost certainly increase your capabilities when the time comes to put your plants to work for you.
Used as a natural soap, the roots and leaves are soaked or heated in water to extract saponins which produce a lather. A non-irritating skin cleanser, shampoo and soap for delicate fabrics.
The flowers are used to make chamomile tea. Chamomile has long been used as a carminative, an anti-inflammatory, and anti-ulcer remedy. It is also anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial.
Hemp is an excellent fiber for rope, clothing and other materials. Hemp seeds also provide many nutritional and medicinal properties. Currently hemp cannot be grown in the U.S. but it can be imported as well as the seeds.
Transparent gel from the pulp of the meaty leaves of the plant have been used for thousands of years to treat wounds, skin infections, burns and numerous other dermatological conditions. Dried latex from the inner lining of the leaf has been traditionally used as an oral laxative.
It is a good source for making sugar or sweetener and can be used as animal feed. It is also a very nutritious food for people.
Provide an excellent source of protein where they can be grown. Great as a snack food and can be used to produce peanut oil for cooking.
Good for producing homemade clothing, rope, lamp wicks or medical supplies. Cotton seeds can be used to produce cottonseed oil for cooking. Cottonseed contains high levels of vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant. Because it is unsaturated, cottonseed oil is cholesterol free. Some animals are fed cottonseed meal as a high protein supplement.
Not a healthy substance but it can provide a valuable barter item in difficult economic times. It can be used to produce nicotine based pesticides.
It can be grown to produce good quality fibers for clothing. Flax seeds can be eaten and have some medicinal properties. Preliminary studies show flaxseed may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer. Flax oil or linseed oil, while edible, is used for a variety of industrial purposes such as pigment binder and drying agent for paints, lacquers and inks, sometimes used as wood finish and is combined with cork to make linoleum. After cold pressing, husks are often used as feed for chickens and other livestock providing fiber and protein.
This item can be poisonous to people and animals if ingested. When pressed the toxic properties remain in the solids. The primary use is in making high quality oil and lubricants used in racing engines and jet engines.
With just a few odd plants around the homestead, you can increase your capabilities greatly. Some of the many products we now take for granted can become difficult or impossible to find in a serious disaster of long duration. The ability to replace these items with a sustainable homemade product can make life more endurable. The more capabilities that you have, the less fear and stress you will suffer from during catastrophic situations.