Scared of the Halloween season and especially the pumpkin lanterns? Let us tell you a story to quite literally put you to sleep and that too with the main ingredient of the Halloween festival! The Pumpkin!
Yes we know, Halloween is just around the corner, and the air is full of popular folklore, to scary costumes, the trick or treats traditions and the good old but sometimes scary pumpkin lanterns to scare other monsters away that is carved out as a tradition that was passed on over the years by the legend of Jack – O – Lantern!
According to an oft-repeated tale (surely invented after the fact and by an Englishman, no doubt), the jack-o’-lantern took its name from a roguish Irishman known as Stingy Jack, who tricked the Devil into guaranteeing that he wouldn’t go to hell for his many and various sins. When Jack died, however, he found to his dismay that the arrangement had also barred him from heaven, so he went down below, banged on the gates of hell, and demanded his due from the Devil. Wouldn’t you know it, though the latter did keep his promise to save Jack from depths of Hades, he did so by dooming him to wander the surface of the earth for all eternity with only an ember of hellfire to light his way?
Thenceforth, according to legend, Stingy Jack was known by the name of Jack O’ Lantern.
It wasn’t until Irish immigrants brought the custom of carving jack-o’-lanterns to North America that the more commonly available (and easier to carve) pumpkin came to be used for that purpose, and not until the mid-to-late 19th century that pumpkin carving was an established Halloween tradition.
Especially Pumpkin seeds? Besides being rich in magnesium and natural phytoestrogens, pumpkin seeds also provide significant levels of tryptophan, which has the power to help you fall asleep. Pumpkin seeds may be small, but they are so chock-full of nutrients. Next time you go to cook a pumpkin, set them aside for later: they contain significant amounts of healthy fats, magnesium, and zinc, which are good for your bones.
Some people like them as a tasty snack. All you have to do is toast them to get a healthy, delicious way to hold you over until lunch. However, if you get in the habit of eating them at dinner, you’ll notice the difference in your sleep. They’re easy to make, go with all kinds of other foods, and will help you fall asleep after a stressful day of work. You may already know that certain foods have the ability to encourage biochemical changes in your body to move it towards a state of relaxation. These seeds are one of them because they’re an excellent source of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that your body converts into serotonin and induces your brain to produce melatonin, the so-called “sleep hormone.”
This is why this Halloween you should get out your recipe books and cook something with that Pumpkin for a good night’s sleep and remember to thank us for the sleepy and not so scary Halloween!Team SOHO
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