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

 

 

 

 

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

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.

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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.

Ingredients:

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!

Ingredients:

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.

Ingredients:

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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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!