Calendula/ marigold

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Calendula/ marigold

It is widely used as a topical antiseptic available in creams, ointments and lotions.

Therapeutic uses: Traditionally used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, epitaxis, crural ulcers, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, eczema, proctitis, lymphadenoma,inflamed cutaneous lesions and conjunctivitis. Today it is mainly used as a topical application as an antiseptic and on skin lesions and irritations.

Dosage: dried florets 1-3g by infusion daily.

Liquid extract- 0.5-1ml 3x daily

Tincture- 0.3-1.2ml 3x daily

Contra-indications: Affects the menstural cycle and has uterotonic effects. Orally administered calendula should be avoided during pregnancy.

Side effects: Occasional allergic reactions.

Drug interactions: At high doses oral calendula has shown to be hypotensive and sedative, thus interacting with any similar medication.

This is a post in a series regarding popular herbs with therapeutic applications.


Information credit to Pharmacy Plus Programme.

Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. Module 4. (2000). (011-706 6939)

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Seared Salmon + Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

This recipe made our mouths water! We tailored it a bit, marinating in Olive Oil and our C & J Farms Garlic Dill Blend! Amazing! Thanks I ❤ Heart Healthy Food!

i ❤ Heart Healthy Food

I recently posted a recipe for seared salmon. Other than served raw in sushi or ceviche, searing the fish is really the only way I like it. It’s just so often served overcooked.

Here, you sear the salmon and serve it with an easy, delicious, lemon dill vinaigrette. Serve it with a spinach salad, or your favorite roasted vegetables.

Feeling fishy,


Seared Salmon + Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

serves 2


  • 1 bunch dill, chopped fairly finely
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt + lots of pepper


  • two, 6oz salmon filets
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1. Make the vinaigrette by putting all the ingredients in a bowl and whisking, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Heat a heavy pan over high heat. I heated my pan for close to 10 minutes; it needs…

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Things of Beauty

Born and raised in the city or cities, city life is what I know. There are cosmopolitan cities with high fashion, sky scrapers and lots of concrete. Also, country cities, “green cities”, coastal cities, mountain cities, wet cities, desert cities but all cities.
I was blessed to work and raise my children in the city but I seemed to have a little different step than most I knew in the city. At one point I began to discover that I love growing flowers and things of time gone by. Upon the decision to move to the country I found myself in a world I didn’t know. No longer working in the corporate world or busy traveling internationally with my husband I was eager to try the change.

The house was early 1970’s, 20 acres of pasture land, mesquite trees (not lovely), pecan trees and goats, lots of goats. (That story is in another blog.) I learned how to drive a tractor and raise Boer goats. After being buried in goat work and the constant repair work on the property that always needed doing I begin to long for the convenience and beauty of the city. I could keep things neat and tidy, manicured, landscaped and weed free in the city.
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Well, on 20 acres, that’s impossible without hiring farm labor. I felt like I was in a dirty house all of the time. When I looked out around the property needed work, repairs needed to be done and pastures needed to be mowed. I reached a point where I knew I needed an attitude adjustment. I was looking around and asked the Lord to begin to show me the beauty around me. Certainly there was some, somewhere.

It was a process but I did begin to see beauty I had never seen before. Beauty began to show up in animals giving birth and providing food, the fresh taste of home grown herbs and vegetables from the 4
Learning that what I spent years trying to eradicate, weeds, provided health benefits. Those dried flowers, grasses and grains I loved so much and purchased to make arrangements now grew in my pasture. I could harvest those for free. Who knew you could make wreaths out of honeysuckle?
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I now look forward to all of the new challenges that await me on the farm because I see the beauty in advance. That helps so much because the repairs still need to be done, pastures need to be tended and the work is never done.
This blog is to share with you some of those Things of Beauty I’ve found living on the farm.
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Inflammation: A Blog Series

Let's Get Crackin'


Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide range of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are known to help maximize the nutrient density of food. This means that by seasoning foods with herbs and spices you are making them even better for you without adding a single calorie. The food tastes better, and the calories stay down, that’s a win-win!

In actuality, on a per gram fresh weight basis, herbs ran even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables. Say, what?! Yes, this is true, and we all know how high fruits and veggies are in antioxidants. Studies have shown that a lot of spices tend to have unique medicinal qualities.

In our next few blogs we will discuss some of the awesome qualities of these herbs and spices! Stay tuned!

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Restoring Balance with the Plant World

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

By Jon Keyes


As an herbalist, I think of how humans interact and relate to plants everyday.  Mainly we interact with plants through our diet.  Our morning cereal, a sandwich, tea, beans, rice and salad all come from plants.  Even meat comes from animals that ate plants.  In essence, our very survival comes from plant life.  Though plants represent the source of our sustenance, we have become deeply out of balance in our relationship with them.  We have shifted from a diverse and varied plant diet to one that includes just a few highly processed plants.  This is leading not only to a  breakdown in our physical and mental health, it is leading us to ecological catastrophe as well.


In the U.S., 25 billion dollars a year is spent to subsidize the production of just a few commodity crops with an overwhelming emphasis on wheat, corn and soy.  Essentially farmers…

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A well known and widely used culinary herb, garlic has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.

Therapeutic uses: Diaphoretic, expectorent, antispaspasmodic, antiviral, hypotensitve, and anthelminthic. It has also been used to treat respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, recurrent colds, whooping cough and bronchitic asthma.

Dosage: dried bulb – 2-4g daily

Tincture- 2-4ml 3x daily

Oil – 0.03-0.12ml 3x daily

Contra-indications: large doses are reported to be ABORTAFACIENT and effect the menstrual cycle.

Side effects: Burning in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. May cause allergic reactions and contact dermatitis.

Drug interactions: Do not use with anticoagulants (blood thinners,) diabetic medication and blood pressure medication.

This is a post in a series regarding popular herbs with therapeutic applications.


Information credit to Pharmacy Plus Programme.

Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. Module 4. (2000). (011-706 6939)

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