Echinacea, the Coneflower, the Herb

Echinacea is a very popular herb but what does it do?

People who use this herb regularly says it helps your immune system to fight against colds and flu.

All species of this herbal remedy have compounds called phenols. Many plants contain phenols, active substances that control the activity of a range of enzymes and cell receptors, and protect the plant from infections and ultraviolet (UV) radiation damage. Phenols have antioxidant properties, which may be good for human health.

Echinacea also contains alkylamides or alkamides, (not in Echinacea pallida), which have an effect on the immune system, as well as polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and caffeic acid derivatives.  Several species of the echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its leaves, flower, and root. Echinacea was used in traditional herbal remedies by the Great Plains Indian tribes.

Echinacea also seems to contain some chemicals that can attack yeast and other kinds of fungi directly.

Making Echinacea tea is simple.  You can purchase Echinacea roots and leaves at  https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/echinacea-roots-and-leaves.  

  • Measure out two teaspoons into an empty tea bag or your favorite tea diffuser.
  • Bring water to a boil then let the herb steep for up to 20 minutes. Drink cold or hot.
  • Add local honey for a super-immune boost and enjoy. Texas Raw Honey

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-981/echinacea
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252684
https://www.healthline.com/health/echinacea-tea-benefits#diy

 

Cinnamon Honey & Immune Booster Tea

Cinnamon Honey SquareImmune system booster tea:

Holy Basil is considered an adaptogenic herb and has pharmacological properties to help your mind cope with many types of stress.   Mint is known for its many digestive benefits. Rosehips are very rich in vitamin C. The Australia lemon myrtle has a high concentration of citral and is rich in antioxidants, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Linden blossoms contain the powerful antioxidants call flavonoids to naturalize free radicals and is native to Europe. Traditionally, the flowers have been used to treat flu, cough, migraine, nervous tension, ingestion, various types of spasms, liver and gall bladder disorders, diarrhea, and elevated arterial pressure associated with arteriosclerosis.

All of these herbs have properties to help boost your immune system.  A healthy immune system helps our bodies to fight off illness.

This is caffeine free.  Having several cups of herbal tea a day is a way to add nutrition but also helps you to slow down and focus on taking a short break.

The flavor is mild and the mint is not overpowering.  We suggest sweetening with our ground Stevia powder (just dried stevia leaves ground up) or our Cinnamon infused honey.  Many of us are enjoying this tea daily. We would like for you to join us in our tea breaks.

About Infused Cinnamon Honey:

Our Infused Cinnamon Honey has the the premium cinnamon from Sri Lanka called Ceylon Cinnamon. The flavor of this cinnamon is a mild warm spice.  It is not hot like the Cassia Cinnamon which is what most of us think of as cinnamon. We enjoy this cinnamon in baking, cooking and in our Greek Seasoning recipe blend.

Studies have shown that Ceylon Cinnamon brings down insulin levels. Ceylon cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects. These properties mean Ceylon cinnamon supports your immune health.

Raw Honey has antioxidants, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. The combination presents a lovely indulgent flavor that may be beneficial.  We use this to sweeten our tea, as a glaze on meats (pork especially), in our oatmeal, yogurts, on our squash and sweet potato’s.  Don’t think this is just for tea.  It is a pantry staple to help make your cooking creative in an easy way.

Remember, all honey is sugar, natural but still sugar.

Be sure to talk to your doctor anytime you change up your nutritional habits.

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318386

 

Herbal Teas an Easy Way to Boost your System

We offer several herbal tea blends to help fight viruses and bacterial infections. They also can offer immune boosting support.

We are introducing the Cold Comfort herbal blend.  The ingredients in this blend are Holy Basil, ginger, rose hips, orange peel, lemon peel, lemon myrtle and lemon grass.  (We offer most of these ingredients individually too.)

Let me give you a quick overview of the possible benefits of the ingredients in this blend.

HOLY BASIL –

Studies have shown that holy basil has a wide range of health-promoting properties including:
  • Antimicrobial (including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and more)
  • Antidiarrheal.
  • Anti-oxidant.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Liver, brain and heart protective.
  • Antidiabetic.
  • Anti-pyretic (prevents itching)
  • Anti-tussive (treats cough)

Holy basil is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens are substances found in plants that help boost the body’s resilience in dealing with stressors. Because the effects of stress on the body play such as huge role in the aging process, adaptogens are also considered to have anti-aging properties.There is so much more on this herb to say. We want to give you the highlights here.
https://www.verywellhealth.com/holy-basil-4766587

GINGER – Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet.

It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Here are 11 health benefits of ginger that are supported by scientific research, Nausea, Muscle Pain, Anti Inflammatory, Lower Blood Sugars, Chronic Indigestion, Lower Cholesterol, Cancer prevention, Improve Brain Function, and Fight Infections.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section11

ROSE HIPS – Did you ever wonder what is a rose hip?  Boy, I did.  It is found just below the rose petals, rose hips are small, round, and typically red or orange. The benefits – rich in antioxidants, vitamin C plays many essential roles in your immune system, including

  • stimulating the production of white blood cells called lymphocytes, which protect your body against infection
  • enhancing the function of lymphocytes
  • helping maintain your skin’s protective barrier against outside pathogens

In addition to vitamin C, rose hips contain high levels of polyphenols and vitamins A and E, all of which help strengthen and protect your immune system. Rosehip tea is high in compounds with anti-inflammatory effects, including polyphenols and galactolipids.

This list goes on and on but this should help you to see how a delicious herbal tea comprised of many different herbs that may have health benefits is easy to incorporate into your diet.  During this difficult time in our world have some of these teas on hand and take time out to nourish yourself.

Hoping we can all stay well.

 

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/rosehip-tea#section7

 

Thyme to Boost your Immune System

Thyme is one of those herbs most of us have in our pantry.  It is a well loved herb most associated with Italian dishes.  I love the flavor of Thyme in my dishes but it also has properties that may help boost your immune system.  I know I have had my grandson use it as a gargle for red sore throat.

Getting all the vitamins your body needs every day can be challenging. Luckily, thyme is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health. Another health benefit of thyme: It’s a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese.

More benefits of Thyme: 1) fungicidal properties, 2) make homemade bug repellant, 3) its antiseptic and antifungal properties, 4) often used for aromatic and therapeutic purposes because of its active substance carvacrol.

To use this for it’s benefits other than yummy in food you can make a tincture.  Watch our facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/CJFarmsTexas/?ref=bookmarks to see when that will be available.

Watch this video to learn how to use your culinary herbs at home to enjoy in other ways and that may be beneficial to our bodies.

Hoping these things might help us stay well.  Always let your medical professional know you are incorporating herbs and seek advise.

 

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme#3

 

Build your Immune System, code Staywell

There are many things we can all do to help protect ourselves from flu, virus and general illness. It does take effort and change.  So here are a few herbs and spices that you can incorporate into your diet to boost your body.

It is very important to use the herbal intervention 3 to 5 times a day, regularly, especially until the season has passed, or you are well.

Elderberry, elderberry, elderberry – We know that the brightly pigmented berries are a source of anthocyanins, which are a type of flavonoid also found in blueberries, raspberries and bilberries. The fruit is best taken as an elderberry supplement in the early stages of seasonal challenges to support immune function.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/elderberry/

Raw Honey – it is good if it can be local but to fight illness the most important factor is that it is raw. Raw honey has very strong antibacterial benefits. Honey activates the immune system’s response to infection and prevents cell proliferation.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/infused -raw-honey/

Elderberry Honey – Now here is the titan two together!  Raw Honey infused with fresh elderberries from the Midwest of the United States.  The combination of these two immune boosters are delicious.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/elderberry/

Echinacea – This is a flower that most recognize but may not know it as Echinacea.  It is known as the “coneflower”. It grows commonly in many gardens and landscapes. You can purchase supplements, but we love offering fresh grown and dried echinacea by the ounce. Add it to elderflower or elderberry as an herbal tea.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/echinacea-roots-and-leaves/

Oregano – Oregano has enjoyed an equally long history of supporting a healthy immune response. A natural antioxidant source, Oregano contains phytochemicals that support the body’s natural resistance. Oregano’s volatile oils help support the healthy microbiome in the intestines and a healthy immune response.  My personal experience tells me this works so well. It also supports healthy digestive flora and is a natural antioxidant.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/oregano-greek/

Garlic – many of us use it in our foods daily.  Garlic is powerful! It’s thought to stimulate the immune system and boost the efficacy of white blood cells. If you are sick increase your intake of garlic. Make a super garlick-y soup (don’t skimp on the bone broth, either), eat a couple of raw garlic cloves, roast a garlic bulb, or pack it into a jar of honey and let it sit for a few weeks to infuse. For the garlic honey, don’t wait till your sick to make it.  Once it is made, it keeps forever.  So make it now so its ready when you need it most.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/spices/

Ginger – powerful antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory.  Add it to your regular hot or cold tea and drink away.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/ginger/

Cold & Flu Tea – This is a staple in my house.  I typically start drinking this tea at the first inkling of a symptom (like scratching throat, sniffling or sneezing) and it truly helps my body fight off cold or flu.  At this point I am drinking two cups a day as a preventive, just trying to energize my body and strengthen my immune system.  See the ingredients here: https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/cold-flu-tea/

There are so many herbs and spices that are helpful to our health. Cinnamon, turmeric, hot peppers and so much more.  Whatever you want to choose see the website for the full catalog of what we carry.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/

Remember, help yourself to be prepared for any illness you may encounter; eat lots of fruit and veggies, wash your hands, stay away from big crowds and include some of the herbs and spices that add benefits to your body.

We want to help so here is a code to use at checkout: Staywell

 

 

 

 

Lavender Honey Cake

This Lavender Honey Cake is so delicious and simple.  Make this and make any day feel special.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tbsp. C & J Farms Lavender Honey
1 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. C & J Farms dried lavender blossoms
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 8 ounce container sour cream (1 cup)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs
2 tbsp powdered sugar

Bring milk to simmer in small saucepan; add honey and 1 tbsp lavender blossoms. Stir until honey dissolves. Remove from heat; cover and let steep 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour decorative 10-cup fluted pan or Bundt pan.  Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl.

Strain milk mixture into another medium bowl; discard solids in strainer.  Whisk sour cream into milk mixture to blend. Using electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture in 3 additions each, beating just until smooth.  Transfer batter to prepared pan. Get your Lavender flowers and Honey here.

Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Cool bread in pan on rack 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar and remaining 1/2 tsp lavender blossoms in strainer set over small bowl. Press sugar mixture through strainer, discarding large bits.  Sift strained powdered sugar mixture over bread.

or make a glaze with the powdered sugar, water infused with lavender for 20 min., let drizzle over the top of the cake

(this recipe is found on Bon Appetit, Feb 2006 and on https://www.epicurious.com.)