The Health Benefits of Dill

We all know this scrumptious edition dill can bring to many dishes but did you know that it is immensely rich in health benefits too? Just to name a few the health benefits of dill include its ability to boost digestive health, as well as provide relief from insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea, menstrual disorders, respiratory disorders, and some cancers. It is also known good for oral care, and can be a powerful boost for your immune system. It can help protect you from bone degradation. A natural anti-inflammatory substance,which means that it can protect you against arthritis and many general problems with inflammation associated pain, dill can can aid in relief.


Dill has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Both the seeds and the leaves can be used and apart from giving a strong tangy, appetizing flavor and taste, Dale has many medicinal properties, which mainly come from certain compounds as well as flavonoids, minerals, and certain amino acids contained within the herb.

Used worldwide this herb is present in almost every continent on the planet in some capacity, and though it is called many different things it serves very similar purposes and much of the world cuisines and recipes. It can be used dry as a topping for a number of meals, but is also used as an ingredient in many recipes. For those wanting to grow their own dill it is important to know the best time to cultivate this herb is in a warm hot summer months with plenty of sunshine.

The nutritional value of dill is imminent. It’s health benefits are derived from its organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, it has a significant amount of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as trace amounts of folate, iron, and magnanese.


With so many great benefits and uses, it’s kind of hard to imagine a world without this wonderful herb. If you have any great tidbits of information or recommendations on how to use this herb be sure to share with us how it has benefited you! We would also love to hear your great recipe ideas and suggestions, please be sure to submit them to us through the website, email, or through any of our various social media outlets. You never know you may just be the author to our next featured recipe on our blog! We look forward to hearing and sharing with you.

Salmon Fillets with Creamy Dill

IMG_1721We all know dill is notorious for its grand coupling with seafood dishes. Here is just one of many recipes that feature this fine herb and its seasoning qualities with fish.


1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise

half a teaspoon of dried thyme

half a teaspoon dried basil

2 teaspoons of dried dill, to taste

half a cup prepared mustard

half a teaspoon of dried oregano

1 1/2 pounds of salmon fillets

Preheat oven to 375°

in a bowl stir together mayonnaise and mustard. Gradually stir in thyme, oregano, and basil. Place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet, and spread with mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle with Dill to taste.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the salmon is easily flaked with a fork. Enjoy!

Zucchini with Dill Sauce

Love fresh zucchini straight from the garden?! This wonderful vegetable is often overlooked as many don’t have a clue what to do with it. Here’s just one of many options for a great recipe. We encourage you to go look for more zucchini recipes and share with us your C & J Farms creations!


half teaspoon of salt

2 pounds of zucchini, peeled, seeded, and cut into julienne strips 1/8 of an inch wide and about 3 inches long

2 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of flour

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon of sugar

2 teaspoons of vinegar

1 teaspoon of fresh dried dill (to taste)

Sprinkle salt over the zucchini in a mixing bowl and let stand for a half hour. Next spread the strips on paper towels and pat them dry. Melt the butter in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan when the foam subsides add the zucchini. Toss about in the butter with a spoon or spatula until well coated, then cover the pan, turn the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until barely tender. Don’t over cook.

With a wire whisk beat the flour into the sour cream, pour the mixture over the zucchini, and stirring gently, simmer 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce is thick and smooth. Finally stir in the sugar, vinegar, and dill, and taste for appropriate seasoning. Enjoy!

Cool and Creamy Cucumber Salad

Here comes post three in our series about Dill in the summer time. This recipe is a great tasting and healthy for you dish. Served great alone or on the side of a complementary meal, it’s sure to please the taste buds.


4 English cucumbers (seedless), thinly sliced

2 green bell peppers, cut into thin matchsticks

1 (32 oz.) container of plain yogurt

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons and half a cup of fresh dried dill, more or less to taste

1 tablespoon of salt

2 tablespoons of ground black pepper

place cucumbers and bell peppers into a colander and allow the liquid to drain. While vegetables are draining placing yogurt in a separate colander lined with paper towels and let stand to allow access way to drain from the yogurt.

Combine cucumbers, bell peppers, picking yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, Dill, salt, and black pepper in a large salad bowl; mix well and chill before serving.

Experiment and create new interesting ways to try this recipe. Try adding fresh cherry tomatoes or maybe some sweet red onion, or how about shredded carrots?! With so many scrumptious vegetables coming out of the garden durring summer there’s endless options to switch up this great recipe.

Boiled Potatoes with Parsley and Dill

Here is the first recipe and second post in our series on how to use dill in the summer time.

This is a great recipe to serve hot or cold and is scrumptious for table meals and barbecues. Sure to please the crowd this will be a recipe you tuck away to use again and again.


6 red potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled or un-pealed, and halved

2 to 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 to 2 (to taste) teaspoons of dried dill

1 tablespoons of dried parsley


Place potatoes in a large pot of water, bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain. Transfer to serving bowl, add butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss with herbs and serve fresh.

We hope you enjoy this recipe, be sure to stay tuned for the next one to come!

What do you do with Infused Raw Honey?

Our customers love these honeys at first taste test but generally do not know how to incorporate them into their meals or snacks. Currently, we offer four options in Infused Raw Honey. We make Lavender Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, Lemon Vanilla Bean and Jalapeno. I use premium ingredients such as Ceylon Cinnamon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Fresh Jalapeno’s grown locally and only fresh lemons and culinary grade lavender.

Most customers will begin with …” that would be good in hot tea”… but you can do so much more.

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Let me give you some suggestions…
1) Add to hot beverages – tea, hot chocolate and coffee
2) Use in baked items – replace sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar = ¼ to 1/3 cup raw infused honey

Note: Swapping out sugar for honey will increase the moisture content of the overall finished product. This is not an issue if the amount of honey used is under 1 cup or 4.5 oz. If that much honey is used you may have to scale back a bit (20 – 40%) on any liquids or high moisture ingredients being used (milk, water, yogurt, sour cream, etc.).

3) Drizzle over fresh fruit or fruit salads
4) Use as a grilling sauce for pork chops, sausages, ribs, grilled shrimp (especially good with Jalapeno Honey)Honey flavored pork chops
5) Drizzle over fresh ricotta or cream cheese
6) Mix into soften butter for a delicious butter spread
7) Sweeten your oatmeal or add to your smoothie
8) Glaze carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash

Add Lavender Honey to your carrots right before you take them off the stove top.

Add Lavender Honey to your carrots right before you take them off the stove top.

9) Add to your cocktail
10) Pour over ice cream or yogurt

Keep watching our Infused Honey product line because we will be adding new flavors very soon!!!!

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Do you know Where, When or How to add Turmeric to your meals? Look.

We hear a lot lately about the health properties of Turmeric. Well, where and how do you use it?  We have some easy ways listed below for you to begin adding it to your meals right away.

Turmeric’s flavor is earthy and slightly bitter and its taste is difficult at first. So you don’t think you like it and maybe you don’t but know this – Turmeric pairs well with almost any other spice like cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and ginger. We add it with Sweet Paprika too.

We are most familiar with Turmeric in Curries and Yellow Mustard (that is what gives mustard its color.). Here are some ways for you to add it to your mealtime.

1) While heating cooking oils in a skillet add a pinch of Turmeric before adding the onion and garlic. Cook your meats, eggs or sauces as normal from there.
2) Add a pinch of Turmeric to your omelets, scrambled eggs or quiche.
3) Toss it with roasted vegetables. Cut your veggies into pieces and coat with olive oil, onion, garlic and some Turmeric and roast as normal. Good on veggies such as root veggies, potatoes and cauliflower.
4) Add a small amount of Turmeric to any rice dish.
5) Use this in soups. Turmeric adds it’s warm earthy flavor to vegetable or chicken noodle soup.
6) Add some Turmeric to your smoothies or make cold turmeric milk (see recipe on another blog.).
7) Put some Turmeric into that marinade you always use before you put your meat in.
8) Add it to your favorite rubs, salad dressings or hot sauce.

We love hearing from you and would really like to know some of the recipes you find using Turmeric.

Sets are the Best Way to Start!

Here are our suggestions of C & J Farms sets for adding to your own collection of C & J Farms seasonings or purchasing for someone who loves to cook or is just setting up a kitchen for the first time. Take a look of what we’ve come up with.

Hot and spicy set 1
For those in your family or friends that love all things Hot and Spicy we have just the suggestion for you.Our Hot and Spicy Set includes our freshly hand blended – Applewood Jalapeno Smoked Sea Salt, Mixed Hot Dried Peppers (Serrano, Cayenne, Fish Peppers, Cowhorn Cayenne (Heirloom), and Hot Black Hungarian). These peppers are great to add to your hamburger patties, soups and stews, chili, eggs your imagination is the limit.Hot and Spicy Sea Salt Blend is a mild heat with a lot of flavor. Black Pepper and Cayenne is not for those who have a mild heat tolerance, it’s seriously hot.

European Set 1
Some of us are experienced cooks and enjoy creating dishes and sides more complex in nature. We suggest our European Set for those.This set includes Greek Seasoning (a best seller). This is recommended for vegetables, rice and egg dishes. The flavor is exceptional in this blend with a sea salt base.Our Italian Blend is a versatile, flavorful and easy to use just about anywhere. The classic Herbs de Provence is here too.Excellent in sauces, rice and Lamb expect a very herby flavor. Culinary Lavender is added to this blend but does not overpower. Now, the Olive Oil Dipping Blend is a complex blend of herbs and spices made for adding to your favorite Olive Oil and dipping your hot baked bread into.Don’t stop there with this one.Enjoy this in your breading for chicken, making your own salad dressing or enjoying in soups.

American Set 1
Closer to home we have the American Set. Focused for those who enjoy grilling, roasting veggies and finding a healthier diet by adding more fish these are versatile and easy to use.The Red Steak Seasoning was combined to enjoy on – well – red meat but we have discovered many ways to enjoy this. Try adding some to melted butter to pour over broccoli or asparagus. Garlic Dill is good on fish, potatoes, and in cold salads.One of my favorite ways to use it is to combine it into yellow mustard and use as a sauce for my fish.Scarborough Fair is versatile, fresh and delicious. Great in pork crock pot dishes, on vegetables, on chicken and in pasta. Hickory and Herb Blend is a simple way to add that smoky flavor without all of the work. This can be used during the cooking process in your hamburger patties, or your meatloaf.Using it as a table salt works too.Enjoy it on your hard boiled eggs or into your beans (canned or dried).

Starter Set 2
Are you intimidated by using herbs, not knowing where or how to use them?The Starter Set is for you. We have put together 4 blends easy to use.The important thing for you to do when you get this set is to keep them sitting out on your counter top so you think to put them in the dishes you prepare.Poultry/Fish/Veggie Blend is telling you where to use this blend. This is our mildest blend combining sweet herbs. If you are cooking from scratch, fresh or opening a can or package of frozen foods you can add this blend to anything. Italian Blend is also a versatile blend. Not overpowering it has flavors most of us are used to tasting so there are no big palette changes. Add this to your spaghetti sauce, buttered cooked pasta or sprinkle on your buttered bread and broil in the oven for extra flavor. Garlic Dill Blend is full of flavor and easy to use on your fish, in your green beans or in your pasta or potato salads.Who of us doesn’t like garlic salt?The Roasted Garlic Sea Salt takes garlic salt to a whole new level.This is a kitchen must have. Use it on hot baked bread, when you’re frying potatoes or add to soups and stews, wherever you want that intense garlic flavor.

Sea Salt Set 1
Sea Salt has become a new staple in our kitchens.Full of minerals from around the world they add a health benefit along with exciting new flavors.The Sea Salt Set provides a variety of great flavors and is pretty too. Pink Himalayan Salt is a mined salt coming from old sea beds in the Himalayan Mountains. The salt is pink due to the mineral content within. This can be used during the cooking process or as a table salt. The Roasted Garlic Sea Salt is an amazing infusion of flavors. The intense flavor of roasted garlic makes this commonly used salt in most kitchens a special ingredient.Now for that smoky flavor we enjoy, the Applewood Smoked Sea Salt. Sea Salt from the US is laid out and Applewood is smoked until it becomes a part of the salt. This is a favorite of mine when I’m cooking dried beans. Beans never tasted so good.Used as a finish salt the Black Lava Sea Salt comes from Hawaii.It is black in color and very fine grain with a smooth and velvety texture. It is great to use on the table with the normal informal meal or add on top of butter pats when entertaining.

Ten Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric

10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. There are so many studies showing that Turmeric has many major benefits for your body and your brain. Here we have accumulated some of the top evidence-based health benefits of Turmeric.


1. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties.

These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is Curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

2. Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

Inflammation is incredibly important. It helps our bodies to fight off foreign invaders and plays an important role in also repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us.

Although (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term). It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.

Now we all know that anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases. In comes our wonderful Turmeric to the rescue, it’s strongly anti-inflammatory. In several studies, its potency has compared favorably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs… except without the side effects.

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3. Turmeric Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body

The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals. Turmeric happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. But Curcumin also boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. This how our wonderful spice delivers its one-two punch against free radicals.

4. Turmeric is linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases

Back in the day, it was believed that neurons weren’t able to divide and multiply after early childhood. However, it is now known that this does happen.

“The neurons are capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain, they can also multiply and increase in number. One of the main drivers of this process is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain.”

Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF. By doing this, it may be effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function. There is also the possibility that it could help improve memory and make you smarter.


5. Turmeric can Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world.

It has been studied for many decades and researchers have learned a lot about why it happens. It turns out that heart disease is incredibly complicated and there are various things that contribute to it but there are so many things we can do to fight against this horrible disease. In addition to a heart healthy diet and regular exercise, Turmeric may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process.

Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease, is improving the function of the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessels). Endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of the blood vessels to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, and other various other factors.

Several studies suggest that Curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function. But Curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidation (as discussed above), which are also important in heart disease. In one study, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomized to either placebo or 4 grams of Curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery. The Curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital. Pretty convincing numbers if you ask us.

6. Turmeric Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer

Cancer is a terrible disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells and it sad, but there are many different forms of cancer, but they do have several commonalities, some of which appear to be affected by Turmeric supplementation.

Researchers have been studying this great beneficial herb in cancer treatment. It can affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level. Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells. Multiple studies have also shown that Curcumin can reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the laboratory and inhibit the growth of tumors in test animals.

Whether high-dose Curcumin (preferably with an absorption enhancer like pepper) can help treat cancer in humans has yet to be tested properly. However, there is some evidence that it may help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place, especially cancers of the digestive system (like colorectal cancer). In one study in 44 men with lesions in the colon that sometimes turn cancerous, 4 grams of Curcumin per day for 30 days reduced the number of lesions by 40%.

Maybe Turmeric will be used along with conventional cancer treatment one day. It’s too early to say for sure, but it looks promising and this is being intensively studied as we speak.

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7. Curcumin May be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia. Unfortunately, no good treatment is available for Alzheimer’s yet. Therefore, prevention is of utmost importance.

There may be good news on the horizon though, because Turmeric has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier. Inflammation and oxidative damage play a huge role in Alzheimer’s disease and as we have learned, Curcumin has beneficial effects on both.

One key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of proteins called Amyloid plaques. Studies show that Curcumin can help clear these plaques. Whether Turmeric can really slow down or even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease still needs to be furthered studied properly, but in the mean time we can all aid ourselves through prevention.

8. Arthritis Patients Respond Very Well to Curcumin Supplementation

Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries, most involve pain and inflammation in the joints. Given what we know about Turmeric’s great potent anti-inflammatory, it makes sense that it could help with arthritis.

In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug. Many other studies have also looked at the effects of Turmeric on arthritis and have noted many improvements in various symptoms.


9. Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits against Depression

Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression. In a controlled trial, 60 patients were randomized into three groups. One group took Prozac, another group took a gram of Curcumin and the third group took both Prozac and Curcumin. After 6 weeks, Curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to Prozac. The group that took both Prozac and Curcumin fared best. According to this (small) study, Curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant. Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotropic factor and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Curcumin boosts BNDF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes. There is also some evidence that Curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.

10. Curcumin May Help Delay Ageing and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases

If Turmeric can really help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s… then this would have obvious benefits for longevity. For this reason, Curcumin has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement. But given that oxidation and inflammation are believed to play a role in ageing, Curcumin may have effects that go way beyond just prevention of disease.

In closing we would like to encourage you to go do your research, know what you can pair Turmeric with (such as Black Pepper) to aid its absorption and usefulness in the body. There are so many good recipes and ways you can use this wonderful spice as to not only enjoy its great flavors but it wonderful benefits as well.


Resources and References


Role of curcumin in systemic and oral health: An overview

Monika Nagpal and Shaveta Soda


Antioxidant Activities of Curcumin, Journal of Aricultural and Food Chemistry 2012


Curcumin Enhances Neurogenesis and Cognition in Aged Rats: Implications for Transcriptional Interactions Related to Growth and Synaptic Plasticity

Published: February 16, 2012


The top 10 causes of death


Chemopreventive Effect of Curcumin, a Naturally Occurring Anti-Inflammatory Agent, during the Promotion/Progression Stages of Colon Cancer


Curcumin as an Anti-Cancer Agent: Review of the Gap between Basic and Clinical Applications – Author(s): G. Bar-Sela, R. Epelbaum and M. Schaffer Pages 190-197


Phase IIa Clinical Trial of Curcumin for the Prevention of Colorectal Neoplasia


Curcumin and Alzheimer’s Disease

Article first published online: 3 SEP 2010


Curcumin, inflammation, ageing and age-related diseases

Author Affiliations

1 Laboratory of Molecular Bases of Ageing, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland

2 Department of Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy

3 Geriatric Unit, Dept of Internal Medicine and Emergent Pathologies, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Oh So Good For You Blackberry Jam

Did you know all the reported health qualities in blackberries? If not, then you should look deeper into all the goodness in this wonderful fruit we have packed into our Fresh Blackberry jam!

Research suggests that their vitamin content may help reduce your risk of heart problems, periodontal disease and age-related decline in motor and cognitive function. Blackberries are nutritionally packed with vitamins C, E, A, & K, minerals magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and antioxidants. Blackberries contain powerful anti-carcinogenic agents making them one of the top ORAC fruits available and one of the best fruits to eat to help prevent cancer. The anthocyanins in blackberries (which give them their dark color) have the ability to significantly reduce inflammation which benefits autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular diseases. The phytoestrogens in blackberries aid in the prevention of breast and cervical cancer and can relieve estrogen related symptoms such as PMS, bloating, food cravings, & hot flashes. They also contain salicylic acid which can inhibit atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease similarly to the way aspirin does. Blackberries can help improve eyesight and help prevent macular degeneration. The high vitamin c content in blackberries greatly support the immune system, aids in the ability to fight infection, and provides powerful anti-aging benefits. Blackberries high fiber content promotes healthy digestion and assimilation and aids in maintaining bowel regularity which decreases the risk of colon cancer.

A customer favorite, our C & J Farms Blackberry Jam is smooth, spreadable, and Delicious! The Possibilities are abound with this jam, but just in case, here’s some of our favorite ways to use this extremely versatile Jam!

*Of course this goes perfectly on your Sunday Morning biscuits, pancakes, or toast.

*Bet you never thought to use it as a grilling glaze, but you should as it’s just divine on pork and chicken! Simply mix 1 jar of our C & J Farms Blackberry Jam with 1/2 pint fresh pineapples, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of C & J Farms Hickory & Herb Blend, for a tasty grilling glaze. Great on the grill or in the oven!

*Scoop a small spoon-full of jam into the middle of your favorite sugar cookies.

*Mix one cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup Blackberry Jam for superb French toast or waffles.

*Our Blackberry Jam can also be used as a great cupcake or pie filling!

*Make homemade ice cream – simply use a vanilla ice cream base.

With so many great ways to use, its no wonder our C & J Farms Blackberry Jam is a Customer Favorite. Now you just need to try for yourself, and don’t forget to send us your great recipes and pictures!


*William, A. (2014, November 3). Blackberries.

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*Retieved from, Oregon State University: Health and Healing Fact Sheets — Blackberries