"A Powerful Healing Agent - Approved by the World Health Organization"
This plant goes back 2,000 years in Chinese Medicine and was the first herbal treatment that was written about in Traditional Chinese Medicine texts. The seeds and the plant are full of antioxidants and creating great health. In fact, the World Health Organization said and I paraphrase... Perilla seeds are great for lowering cholesterol, slowing the aging process, inhibit the formation of tumors, improve vision, improve brain function, reduces the possibility of having a stroke, and it also helps those who are pregnant, and enhances the chances of having a healthy baby— Wow! Plus there are no side-effects to this wonderful herb/food.
Where it Grows - Perilla plants and the seeds grow in Asia, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, and are cultivated in the US, Canada, Russia, and other places in the world.
Other Names - In Latin, the name is Perilla frutescens and it's part of the mint family. And it's also called Shiso seeds, in the US it's called the Beef Steak Plant, Su Zi, ooba, deulkkae, t'a tô, kkapnnip, Aojiso, Japanese basil, Chinese basil, and other common names.
Parts Used - The whole plant is edible, the seeds are super healthy. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked in soups and stews, the stems can be pickled, the fruits are dried and the seeds removed and they are edible, and this is a wonderful plant in general, to have around the house... especially when times are rough. And the sprouts are also edible and can be used in salads. Most of these plants have green leaves and stems... but some have red leaves and stems.
Taste - Ground Perilla Seeds have a fresh, nutty, and savory flavor that is wonderful.
Lowers Cholesterol - The seeds are great for lowering LDL or bad cholesterol and increasing HDL or bad cholesterol thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes, and even cancer. And it also helps to prevent atherosclerosis.
Antibacterial - Perilla Seeds are also a powerful antibacterial agent that helps to prevent infections.
Improves Vision - Perilla Seeds contain lots of powerful antioxidants that help to prevent and improve vision and prevent macular degeneration.
Relaxing Agent - Perilla Seeds are relaxing and sedating and with all the stress in the world, we need anything that will help. Stress is the number one killer in the world now.
Soothes the GI Tract - Perilla Seeds are very soothing and calming for the GI tract and are important for indigestion, stomachaches, heartburn, and others GI upsets. And many times Perilla leaves are served with means because it helps to prevent food poisoning.
Cancer - Because of all the powerful antioxidants Perilla Seeds have the ability to prevent the growth of cancer cells as found in laboratory settings. The more antioxidants we consume daily the lower our chances of having cancer.
Omega 3, 6, and 9 Oils - Perilla Seeds contain a very high amount of Omega Fatty Acids including Omega 3, 6, and 9 oils. And compared to other plants sources of fatty acids Perilla contains more Omega 3 oils.
Great for Asthma, Colds, Allergies, and Bronchitis - Perilla seeds contain lots of quercetin, luteolin, alpha-lineolic acid, and rosmarinic acid which are all great for healing the respiratory tract and helping a person to breath easy. "International Archives of Allergy and Immunology" article found that with four weeks of treatment with Perilla Seeds greatly increased lung capacity.
Anti-Depressant Agent and Great for the Brain - Because of all the powerful antioxidant properties of Perilla Seeds the oils have a major effect on our dopamine centers in our brain thus helping to make us feel happier. And it also helps to optimize brain function and help with memory. The University of Maryland Medical also found that ALA found in Perilla Seeds can help with depression.
Prevents Cavities - Perilla Seeds and the plant contain lots of Luteolin which helps to reduce dental cavities. Japan's Asahi University found that Perilla Seeds and leaves prevent the growth of detrimental bacteria in the mouth.
Great for Problem Skin - Perilla Oil is being used in cosmetics and works great for problem skin. With all the anti-inflammatory qualities, antioxidants, antibacterial, and the ability to help retain more water in the skin it works wonders for healing rashes, acne, and helps to get rid of wrinkles and create a youthful great looking skin.
Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Agent - Perilla Seeds and leaves are great for redness, swelling, and pain associated with arthritis, joint pain, sinus pain, and other inflammatory processes. And inflammation is the first step towards disease so it's important to prevent inflammation as much as possible with food.
Slows the Aging Process - Perilla Seeds are full of antioxidants that help to slow the aging process and heal DNA damage.
Contains - The seeds contain up to 17 % protein which is a lot of protein. And they also contain good fatty acids up to 51%... Wow! Also contain linoleic acid, linolenic acid, diacylglycerol, manoacylglycerol, apigenin, Vitamin E, chryseriol, plant sterols, luteolin, rosmarinic acid, ferulic acid, good lipid acids, free fatty acids, and many more powerful healing agents.
Culinary Uses - The oils are used in stir-fries, the seeds can be used in tempura and miso, the seeds are also good in salads, and they are great in soups, stews, veggie dishes, and other dishes. And the leaves can be used in salads, and eat raw any time. Plus the stems can be pickled and they are wonderful. The oil does go rancid so please use it within one year.
Forms - You can find the seeds, the oil, powders, flour, whole fresh plants, and leaves online. And the seeds are not very expensive... about $15 for a whole pound of the ground seeds.
Dose - You can eat as much as you like... it's food. But remember all things in moderation.
Finding - Fresh leaves can be found at Asian Markets, the seeds can be found on amazon.com and ebay.com and you can also find them on other sites online.
No Side-Effects - There are no side-effects to eating Perilla Seeds, leaves, or any part of the plant.
Enjoy Perilla Seeds!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
Feel Free to Share - This information is meant to get you started so you can do more research on your own... dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 30 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to connect with him anytime.
Here is a short video bio - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK6Eg-xlX3U
Check out my website at www.paulhaider.com