Gently warm tahini and pumpkin butter in a double
boiler at a very low temperature. When smooth enough to stir relatively
easily, add astragalus powder and enough sesame oil to give a good
consistency. Remove from heat and add unfiltered honey to taste.
Be sure not to add water nor permit steam condensation to remain
in the butter as this will promote the growth of mold.
Use this as a substitute for peanut butter. It
tastes fabulous and is very healthy. For variety, add a bit of
Pumpkin seeds and sesame oil both have some anti-parasitic
properties. Using astragalus in the nut butter adds an immune boosting
quality to the spread without damaging the taste. The honey adds
flavor and shelf life.
Sesame seeds are considered by some to be one
of the three best foods on the Planet, the other two being millet
and sunflower seeds. Tahini is made by grinding hulled sesame seeds
and adding oil and water for consistency. It is a good source of
protein, B vitamins, and phosphorus and is thus one of Nature's
truly excellent nerve tonics. According to Ayurveda, individuals
who are unstable, malnourished, or suffering from the ravages of
age and degenerationthe vata typebenefit
from oily, rich foods that nourish tissue. Tahini is often prescribed
for person's with rheumatism, ringing in ears, constipation, and
premature aging, including graying of hair and hair loss. It is
hence tonifying, and this is the reason I used it as the base in
the recipe I first created for people with immune deficiencies.
Pumpkin seeds are best known for their effect
on the prostate. It is often used to increase virility and resolve
the problems that cause swelling of the prostate. It is hence a
male tonic food, but it is also an excellent vermifuge, being more
effective with round and tape worms than giardia and amoebas. Pumpkin
seeds are also a great source of zinc and vitamin A, but it is
higher in protein, 29%, than almost any other nut or seed.
Astragalus is one of the finest immune boosting
herbs and while not as tasteless as tofu, it does not overcome
the way bitter herbs such as echinacea do. It supports white blood
cells and tends to increase their number and efficiency. It is
the herb of choice where the immune system has been damaged by
chemicals or radiation and can be used by patients who are under
treatment since it is extremely safe. In this recipe, astragalus
also helps make the entire butter more digestible.
Honey is assimilated very quickly into the bloodstream
and is thus my preferred carrier for herbs. While sweet, it is
not a sucrose sweetener but rather a glucose-fructose sweetener
that is more harmonious for the liver. Honey neutralizes toxicity
and is a gentle pain reliever. Unlike refined sugar, it contains
minerals and enzymes.
Propolis is another gift from bees with many virtues.
Bees use it to seal their hives in order to maintain this space
in a disease-free state. It is one the best bactericides in the
world. Even when purified, it contains a small amount of beeswax.
A little bit of propolis goes a long way.