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15 Immune Boosting Foods - #1 - Elderberry

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides
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#1 - Elderberry

An old folk remedy, extract from these dark berries appears to block flu viruses in test tube studies. But scientists caution that further study is needed. The fruit itself is rich in antioxidants and may also have the ability to fight inflammation.

www.herbwisdom.com/herb-elderberry.h
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- Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered.
- Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.
- Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.
- Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C.
- They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic.
- Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. According to test tube studies these flavonoids include anthocyanins that are powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.
- Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby's Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever.
- In Israel, Hasassah's Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body's immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it.
- The wide range of medical benefits (from flu and colds to debilitating asthma, diabetes, and weight loss) is probably due to the enhancement of each individual's immune system.
- At the Bundesforschungsanstalt research center for food in Karlsruhe, Germany, scientists conducting studies on Elderberry showed that elderberry anthocyanins enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines. These unique proteins act as messengers in the immune system to help regulate immune response, thus helping to defend the body against disease. Further research indicated that anthocyanins found in elderberries possess appreciably more antioxidant capacity than either vitamin E or vitamin C.
- Studies at Austria's University of Graz found that elderberry extract reduces oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is implicated in atherogenesis, thus contributing to cardiovascular disease.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
- Most species of Sambucus berries are edible when picked ripe and then cooked. Both the skin and pulp can be eaten.
- However, it is important to note that most uncooked berries and other parts of plants from this genus are poisonous.
- Sambucus nigra is the variety of Elderberry that is most often used for health benefits as it is the only variety considered to be non-toxic even when not cooked, but it is still recommended to cook the berries at least a little to enhance their taste and digestibility.

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Elderberry Syrup

Ingredients:
Ripe elderberries
Muscovado sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
Cloves
Slices of lemon

Directions:
1. Put ripe elderberries into a large saucepan, with half of the volume being water. Simmer and stir for twenty minutes. Allow to cool, then squeeze out the juice using a jelly bag or fruit press.
2. Measure the juice, and for every 500ml of juice add 250g muscovado sugar, one stick of cinnamon, a few cloves and a few slices of lemon. Sim­mer for 20 minutes, then strain and pour while hot into sterilized bottles.

Elderberry Syrup Dose: Take 1 teaspoonful every few hours for colds and the flu, or use it as a cordial and add boiling water to taste for a hot drink.




  
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PLATINUM755 10/21/2014 7:33PM

    I've heard of them, however I haven't found any in my area other than in pill form...I'm going to have to look harder. Thanks for the share!

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    Don't think I have seen it.

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DEE107 10/21/2014 12:19AM

    thank you for sharing have to see if that is the wild fruit that grows here

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/20/2014 11:28PM

    I've never had these. I'm going to have look out for these.

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7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #7 Thyme

Monday, October 13, 2014


www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie
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tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhibit tissue damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. A little spice goes quite a long way, as the antioxidants are extremely concentrated, says study coauthor James Hargrove, PhD.

#7 - Thyme

www.nutrition-and-you.com/thyme-herb
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- Thyme herb is packed with numerous health benefiting phyto-nutrients (plant derived compounds), minerals and vitamins that are essential for wellness. One of the popular among culinary herb plants, thyme originally is native to southern Europe and Mediterranean regions.
- Botanically, it belongs to the family of Limiaceae of the genus of thymus, which includes many subspecies among which the most popular variety is Thymus vulgaris or French thyme.
- The thyme plant is a perennial shrub with thin woody base, and square stems. It reaches about 15 to 30 cm in length, featuring very small, light green colored, paler underneath, slightly curved aromatic leaves. Tiny, fragrant rich, lilac or white color flowers appear in summer.
- The other commonly grown varieties of thyme are lemon thyme (T.x citriodora), caraway thyme (T. herba barona) and wild thyme (T. septyllum). Either leaves as well as flowering tips, fresh or dried used for culinary purposes.

Health Benefits:
- Thyme contains many active principles that are found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
- Thyme herb contains thymol, one of the important essential oils, which scientifically has been found to have antiseptic, anti-fungal characteristics. The other volatile oils in thyme include carvacolo, borneol and geraniol.
- Thyme contains many flavonoid phenolic antioxidants like zea-xanthin, lutein, pigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. Fresh thyme herb has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs, a total ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 27426-µmol TE/100 g.
- Thyme is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
- The herb is also a rich source of many important vitamins such as B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C and folic acid.
- Thyme provides 0.35 mg of vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine; furnishing about 27% of daily recommended intake. Pyridoxine keeps up GABA (beneficial neurotransmitter in the brain) levels in the brain, which has stress buster function.
- Vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
- Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids like vitamin A and beta-carotene helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- Thyme leaves offer significant levels of quality phyto-nutrients profile. Just 100 g of fresh leaves provides (% of Recommended daily allowance)
38% of dietary fiber,
27% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
266% of vitamin C,
158% of vitamin A,
218% of iron,
40% of calcium,
40% of magnesium and
75% of manganese
but no cholesterol.

Selection & Storage:
- Both fresh and dried forms of thyme herb are available in the herb store. Buy fresh thyme whenever possible since it is superior in nutrients and rich in flavor. The leaves of fresh thyme should feature fresh and be a light green, and free from any dark spots or yellowing.
- Fresh thyme should be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. Dried thyme can be kept in a tightly sealed glass container and stored in a cool, dark, and dry place where it will keep fresh for up to six months.

Culinary Uses & Serving Methods:
- Thyme herb imparts intense flavor to the recipes and should be added sparingly.
- In order to keep the fragrance and flavor intact, thyme herb is generally added at the last moment in the cooking recipes. This is because, prolonged cooking results in evaporation of its essential oils.
- Some serving methods are
◾ Thyme herb tea is a popular health drink.
◾ Thyme has been used in the preparation of season soups, and sauces.
◾ The herb is one of the ingredients in bouquet garni along with bay leaf, parsley, and celery.
◾ Thyme, along with other spicy items, has been used to marinate and stuffing to chicken, fish and meat recipes.

Medicinal Uses:
- Thyme contains many important essential oils, which are found to have anti-septic and anti-fungal applications.
- Throat gargling with tepid thyme water or drinking few sips of thyme tea may help relieve coughs, sore throat, and bronchitis symptoms.
- In the pharmacy, thyme based formulations has been used as an anti-septic mouthwash in the treatment of caries and gingivitis.

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Roasted Asparagus With Garlic and Fresh Thyme

Servings: 4

Ingredients:
2 lbs. asparagus, rough ends snapped off
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, fresh cracked
coarse salt

Directions:
1. Place ingredients in order as ingredients stated in a casserole dish ending with salt to taste.
2. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes toss ingredients roast for 20 more minutes.

Nutritional info per serving (240 g):
Calories - 108.1
Total Fat - 6.7 g
Saturated Fat - 2.4 g
Cholesterol - 7.6 mg
Sodium - 57.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 10.0 g
Dietary Fibre - 4.6 g
Sugars - 2.9 g
Protein - 5.6 g


  
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    Thank you. I will have to try some fresh thyme. emoticon

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    Another of the powerful 4...as the song goes "Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme". Glad to see it is one of the spices spotlighted...and thanks for the share!

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    thank you

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    Hands down my favorite herbs to use.

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7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #6 Oregano

Saturday, October 04, 2014


www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie
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cHE_20140902_30887166
tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhibit tissue damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. A little spice goes quite a long way, as the antioxidants are extremely concentrated, says study coauthor James Hargrove, PhD.

#6 - Ground oregano

Try it on top of homemade garlic bread or pizza.

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- Oregano is a wonderful perennial culinary as well as medicinal herb. It has long been recognized as one of the "functional foods" for its nutritional, anti-oxidants and disease preventing properties. The herb, whose name means "delight of the mountains" in Greek, is native to the Mediterranean region.
- Botanically, the herb belongs to the mint (Lamiaceae) family, of the genus; Origanum and is known scientifically as Origanum vulgare.
- The plant is a small shrub, growing up to 75 cm in height with multi-branched stems covered with small grayish-green oval leaves and small white or pink flowers.
- Oregano is particularly used widely in Greek and Italian cuisines. Its leaves have a characteristic aromatic, warm, and slightly bitter taste. The intensity varies; however, good-quality oregano is so strong that it almost numbs the tongue.
- There are many varieties of oregano cultivated across Europe but the influence of climate, season, and soil on the composition of the essential oils is greater than the difference between various species. Origanum heracleoticum is another Greek variety that is having characteristic sharp scent and flavor. Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) is one of close related species of oregano.
- Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens) is a different from origanum species but related to the verbena family of herbs. It is used in place of oregano in many Central American regions.

Health Benefits:
- Oregano contains an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
- The herb parts contain no cholesterol; however, are rich source of dietary fiber, which helps to control blood cholesterol levels.
- Oregano contains health benefiting essential oils such as carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene. The leaves and flowering stem of the plant are strongly anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cholagogue (help gall bladder secretion), diaphoretic (sweat production), expectorant, stimulant, and mildly tonic properties. Its decoction is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets, and painful menstruation conditions.
- Thymol is also been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal activities.
- The herb is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants (vitamin A, carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin) and has been rated as one of the plant sources with highest anti-oxidant activities. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- The active principles in the herb may improve the gut motility in addition to increase the digestion power by facilitating copious gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions.
- This marvelous herb is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure caused by high sodium. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron helps prevent anemia. Magnesium and calcium are important minerals for bone metabolism.
- In addition, fresh herb is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin-C. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
- Oregano is a proven super "functional food." This herb is one of the foundation bases of healthy Mediterranean diet in addition to olive oil, fish and lots of greens, herbs and vegetables. It has an excellent nutritional profile; just 100 g of oregano herb provides:
Dietary fiber- 107% (Percent of RDA) (RDA- Recommended daily allowance).
Folates- 69%
Pyridoxine- 93%
Vitamin-C- 83%
Vitamin-A-230%
Vitamin-K- 518%
Iron- 550%
Manganese-203%
Carotene-ß- 4112 µg

Selection & Storage:
- Fresh as well as dried oregano are readily available in the herb stores all around the year. If permitted, try to buy fresh herb over the dried form since it is superior in flavor and rich in essential oils, vital vitamins and anti-oxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folates.
- Choose fresh oregano leaves featuring vibrant green color and firm stem. It should be free from mold, discoloration or yellowing. Try to buy dried oregano from the organic farm and processed from authentic sources since it assurances you that the product is free from irradiation and pesticide residues.
- Fresh leaves should be stored in the refrigerator kept in a zip pouch or wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. Dried leaves can be kept fresh for many months when stored in a tightly sealed glass container, and stored in a cool, dark and dry place.
- In order to keep the fragrance and aromatic flavor intact, oregano leaves are generally used just before preparing recipes.

Serving Tips:
- Oregano herb is widely used as a "spice." It is principally employed in the cuisines as a seasoning to enhance the flavor.
- It has been used in preparation of many popular dishes in Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine since ancient times. Along with other spicy items, it is being used as flavoring agent in the preparation of pizzas, chicken, fish, and meat dishes.
- It has also been used in the preparation of soups, omelet, sauces, and pickling.
- Freshly chopped oregano is a great addition to green/fruit salad.

Medicinal Uses:
- The leaves and flowering stem of the oregano plant have antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, increase bile secretion, diaphoretic, expectorant, stimulant, and mildly tonic properties.
- Oregano decoction is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets, and painful menstruation.
- Thymol has been found to have anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal activities.

NOTE: Oregano oil extracted from the herb parts may cause skin and mucus membrane irritation and hence, avoided in aromatherapy.

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Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 lb. lean pork, cut into 1 inch cubes

Marinade -
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon rosemary sprig
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4-1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Choose 2 or 3 from a selection of vegetables -
1 medium red pepper, cut into large chunks
1 medium zucchini, cut into 3/8 inch thick slices
8 grape tomatoes
1 medium onion, cut into large chunks
8 medium white mushrooms

Directions:
1. For the marinade combine all ingredients in a resealable plastic bag or non-reactive bowl.
2. Trim the pork of all visible fat and cut into 1 inch cubes. Place cubes in bag and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes. (You can also toss the vegetables in if you like. Mushrooms and zucchini are especially good in absorbing the flavor.).
3. In the meantime soak wooden skewers in water.
4. Wash and cut vegetables for kebabs.
5. Thread kebabs alternating between the pork cubes and vegetables. Depending on the size of your pork cubes and the length of the skewers, you will have 1 large or 2 small skewers per person.
6. Place on indoor or outdoor grill and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

Nutritional Info per serving (325 g):
Calories - 319.6
Total Fat - 14.9 g
Saturated Fat - 4.5 g
Cholesterol - 91.9 mg
Sodium - 76.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates - 11.2 g
Dietary Fibre - 2.7 g
Sugars - 6.0 g
Protein - 35.3 g


  
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PLATINUM755 10/5/2014 6:50PM

    A definite must in any kitchen...love it! It's nice to see fruit salad was included in the blog, as it's so often not thought of in that arena. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/5/2014 9:26AM

    I love oregano and added a lot to my Italian stuffed peppers last night. Great information

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  thanks for sharing

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DEE107 10/5/2014 12:10AM

    love oregano thanks

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/4/2014 10:51PM

    I'm such a spice girl, love this one.

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  Since I do not use a lot of salt I use a lot of spices, makes for tasty dishes..

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7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #5 Ground Cinnamon

Monday, September 29, 2014


www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie
s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so
cHE_20140902_30887166
tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhibit tissue damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. A little spice goes quite a long way, as the antioxidants are extremely concentrated, says study coauthor James Hargrove, PhD.

#5 - Ground cinnamon

Try it on whole wheat toast drizzled with honey.

www.nutrition-and-you.com/cinnamon-s
pice.html
tells us that

- Fragrant, cinnamon spice is one of the highly prized spices that has been in use since biblical times for its medicinal and culinary properties. This delightfully exotic, sweet-flavored spice stick is traditionally obtained from the outer brown bark of Cinnamomum trees, which when dried, rolls into a tubular-form, known commercially as "quill."
- The cinnamon plant is a small, evergreen bushy tree belonging to the family of Lauraceae or laurel within the genus; Cinnamomum. This novel spice is native to Sri Lankan island but also grow in many other countries such as Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, China, and Indonesia.
- Different cultivars of cinnamons exist; however, Sri Lankan variety is regarded as "true cinnamon" and scientifically named as Cinnamonum verum. Traditionally, its inner bark is bruised using a brass rod, which is then peeled off from the tree. In the processing units, this bark is sliced into long stripes, which are then rolled into quills by hand and allowed to dry under the sunlight.
- Again from this bark, an aromatic essential oil (makes up 0.5% to 1% of its composition) is extracted. In general, the oil is processed by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in seawater, and then quickly distilling the whole. The oil features golden-yellow color, with the characteristic odor of cinnamon and very pungent, aromatic taste.
- The pungent taste and scent in cinnamon spice is because of the chemical compounds, cinnamic aldehyde and cinnamaldehyde.
- Cassia, also known as chinese cinnamon, is a different member of Lauraceae family, and named as Cinnamomum cassia. Cassia is coarser, more spicy, and pungent but less fragrant than cinnamon. It is usually substituted for the cinnamon in savory dishes.

Health Benefits:
- The active principles in the cinnamon spice are known to have anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.
- Cinnamon spice has the highest anti-oxidant strength of all the food sources in nature. The total measured ORAC (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value for this novel spice is 2,67,536 trolex equivalents (TE), which is many hundred times more than in chokeberry, apples, etc.
- The spice contains health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, a phenylpropanoids class of chemical compound, which gives pleasant, sweet aromatic fragrance to it. Eugenol has got local anesthetic and antiseptic properties, hence; employed in the dental and gum treatment procedures.
- Other important essential oils in cinnamon include ethyl cinnamate, linalool, cinnamaldehyde, beta-caryophyllene, and methyl chavicol.
- Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon-sticks has been found to have anti-clotting action, prevents platelet clogging inside the blood vessels, and thereby helps prevent stroke, peripheral arterial and coronary artery diseases.
- The active principles in this spice may increase the motility of the intestinal tract as well as help aid in the digestion by increasing gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions.
- This spicy bark is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Iron is required for cellular metabolism as a co-factor and in RBC's production. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are chiefly used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
- It also contains very good amounts of vitamin A, niacin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine.
- Further, it is also a very good source of flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, zea-xanthin, lutein and cryptoxanthin.

Selection and storage:
- Cinnamon spice can be readily available year-round in the markets, either in the form of sticks (quills) or powdered. Good-quality quills smell sweet aroma, which may be appreciated from a distance.
- In the store, buy whole sticks instead of its powder since, oftentimes it may contain adulterated spicy powders or low quality cassia. The sticks should be wholesome, compact, light brown color in Ceylon variety or dark brown in Indonesian variety.
- Whole sticks should be stored in cool, dry, dark place, in airtight glass containers for many months and can be milled using hand held mill as and when required. Ground/powder cinnamon spice should be stored inside the refrigerator inside sealed containers and should be used as early as possible since it loses its flavor quickly.

Medicinal Uses:
- The essential oil, eugenol, has been in therapeutic use in dentistry as a local-anesthetic and antiseptic for teeth and gum.
- Eugenol also has been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, but further detailed studies required to establish its benefits.
- The extraction from the sticks (decoction) is sometimes used in treating flatulence, and indigestion in traditional medicine.
- The spice is used in traditional medicines to stave off common cold and oxidant stress conditions.
- It is also used as a natural food preservative.

Culinary Uses:
- In order to keep the fragrance and flavor intact, cinnamon spice is generally powdered just before preparing dishes and added at the last moment in the cooking recipes, since prolonged cooking results in evaporation of its essential oils.
- Around the world, cinnamon spice is widely used as a spice. It is principally employed in cookery as a condiment and flavoring base. It is used in the preparation of chocolate and in some kinds of desserts, such as cinnamon-apple pie and cinnamon buns as well as pastries, bagels, sweet rolls, spicy candies, tea, hot cocoa, and liqueurs.
- Cinnamon spice has been in use in the preparation of many popular dishes in Asian and Chinese cuisine since ancient times. Along with other spicy items (masala powder), it is being used in marinating chicken, fish and meats.
- Some Indian vegetarian and chicken curries and rice dishes (biriyani) contain small amounts of ground powder. In the Middle East, it is used in meat and rice dishes.
- It has also been used in the preparation of soups, barbecue sauces, pickling and as one of the ingredients in variety of curry powders.

NOTE:
- Uncooked cinnamon spice can cause choking and respiratory distress. - - Excessive use of the cinnamon stick may cause inflammation of taste buds, gum swelling, and mouth ulcers.
- Large quantities can cause difficulty breathing, dilate blood vessels, and cause sleepiness, depression, or even convulsions.

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Baked Cinnamon French Toast

Servings 6

Ingredients:
cooking spray ( or parchment paper)
6 slices bread ( your favorite)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
fruit ( to garnish)

Directions:
1. Spray 13x9" baking pan (or line with parchment paper).
2. Arrange bread slices to fit in a single layer and sprinkle with cinnamon.
3. Beat eggs with milk, syrup, butter and vanilla until just blended.
4. Pour evenly over bread.
5. Bake immediately or cover and refridgerate up to overnight.
6. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until firm to the touch.
7. Garnish with fruit and additional syrup if desired.


  
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SCHECK5 10/2/2014 6:26AM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    I love my cinnamon! I've never tried baked french toast...I'll have to give it a whirl! Thanks!

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    I love cinnamon...thanks for a great blog again!

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    emoticon for another good blog full of great info! I love cinnamon!

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DEE107 9/30/2014 12:37AM

    love cinnamon love it on my farina tooo

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/29/2014 11:01PM

    One of my favorite spices to use.

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7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #4 Marjoram

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie
s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so
cHE_20140902_30887166
tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhibit tissue damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. A little spice goes quite a long way, as the antioxidants are extremely concentrated, says study coauthor James Hargrove, PhD.

#4 - Marjoram

Try it in your favorite tomato sauce recipe.

www.nutrition-and-you.com/sweet-marj
oram.html
tells us that

- Sweet marjoram, also known as knotted marjoram, is one of the most popular Mediterranean herbs used for its culinary and medicinal values since ancient times.
- The herb has the delicate sweet-flavor and mildly pungent (spicy) taste comparatively milder than oregano (Origanum vulgare).
- Botanically marjoram is a member of Labiatae family of the genus: Origanum. Its scientific name: Origanum majorana. The Labatiacea family also includes some of commonly known herbs and spices such as dill, anise, fennel, cumin, etc.
- Sweet marjoram is native to Asia Minor (Turkey); however, it grows in plentiful all over the Mediterranean and southern parts of the Europe. This herb plant is a small woody-stemmed shrub grows proficiently in well-drained, lime soil. It reaches about 75 cm in height; feature a hairy stem with soft oval shaped dark-green leaves, and tiny pinkish-white flowers.
- In general, its leaves are harvested from the plant just after the flower buds form but before flowering. To blanch, hang the harvested stems in a dark, dry room for about 7-10 days, then strip the leaves from the stems and store in air tight container.
- Several related species of marjoram grown either for culinary or therapeutic purposes. Pot marjoram (O. onites) has white or pink flowers. Winter marjoram (O. heracleoticum) has the strong flavor similar to that of wild marjoram (O.vulgare).

Health Benefits:
- Sweet marjoram is one of very popular herb, especially in Mediterranean region. It was used in ancient times by the Greeks to make wreaths and garlands and was believed as a symbol of peace, harmony and happiness.
- The herb contains many notable phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness.
- The herb parts contain certain chemical constituents like eugenol sabinene, á -terpinene, cymene, terpinolene, linalool, cis-sabinene hydrate, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
- Fresh herb has high levels of vitamin C (ascorbic acid); provide 51.4 µg or 86% of RDA per 100 g. Vitamin C is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant help remove harmful free radicals from the body. Ascorbic acid also has immune booster, wound healing and anti-viral effects.
- Marjoram herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes, xanthins and lutein are powerful flavonoid anti-oxidants. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for healthy eye-sight. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin A and carotenes are known to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. It has proven beneficial action against age-related macular disease (ARMD) especially in the elderly.
- Sweet marjoram is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K; provide about 518% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
- Marjoram herb has a good amount of minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
- Furthermore, its leaves are an excellent source of iron, contains 82.71 mg/100 g (about 1034% of RDA). Iron is an important co-factor for cytochrome oxidase enzyme in the cellular metabolism. In addition, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, it determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

Selection & Storage:
- Sweet marjoram can be grown as a pot herb. Both fresh as well as shade dried herb is used in the kitchens. Fresh marjoram leaves should feature deep gray-green in color and free from yellow discoloration. The leaves are at their best when harvested just before flowering. Dry marjoram leaves and seeds can also be marketed in air-seal packs or containers.
- Store the fresh herb inside the refrigerator for extended use. Dried marjoram should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place where it will keep fresh for up to six months.

Culinary Uses:
- Wash fresh herb in cold running water or rinse for few minutes to remove any dust or pesticide residues. Dried marjoram leaves have a more intense flavor unlike that of other herbs like sage, thyme, etc. In order to keep the fragrance and flavor intact, it is generally added at the last moment in the cooking recipes, since prolonged cooking results in evaporation of its essential oils.
- Fresh marjoram can be used as a flavoring in the preparation of salad dressings, soups, stews, marinades as well as in egg and vegetable dishes.
- The herb gives a pleasant aromatic flavor to vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes, beans, peas, potato and carrots.
- It mixes well with many other herbs and is used with thyme, tarragon, bay leaf, and parsley to make a bouquet garni.
- Sweet marjoram is one of the main additions in sausages, pizza and in poultry stuffing.
- Marjoram tea is popular drink in the Mediterranean countries.

Medicinal Uses:
- Marjoram herb parts contain many health benefiting compounds in essential oil such as terpenes, linalool, terpineol, carvocrol, linalyl acetate, ocimene, cadinene, geranyl cetate, citral, eugenol, etc. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Marjoram oil has been used to treat minor ailments like flatulence, muscular pain and rheumatism.
- Eugenol in sweet marjoram (10% of eugenol) has been found to have anti-inflammatory function by acting against the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), which mediates inflammatory cascade in the body. This enzyme-inhibiting effect of the eugenol makes it an important remedy for symptomatic relief in individuals with inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.
- When taken in moderation, it helps relieve menstruation pain and leucorrhoea. Since it increases menstruation flow the herb should not be taken during pregnancy and in menorrhagia conditions.
- Essential oils in marjoram herb have also been found to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial functions by inhibiting many pathogenic bacteria like Staphylococcus, E.coli, shigella, proteus, and Pseudomonas.
- Sweet marjoram tea helps relieve nausea, flatulence and is thought to have mild anti-eptic functions.

allrecipes.com/Recipe/Luscious-Lima-
Bean-Soup-II/Detail.aspx?evt19=1
shares this 4 1/2 star rated slow cooking



Lucious Lima Bean Soup

Serves 8

Ingredients:
3 slices bacon
4 cups frozen lima beans
1 (15 ounce) can butter beans, undrained
2 potatoes, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tablespoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth

Directions:
1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until evenly brown and crisp. Drain and crumble.
2. In a slow cooker, mix the cooked bacon, lima beans, butter beans and liquid, potatoes, celery, onions, carrots, and butter. Season with marjoram, salt, and pepper. Pour in the chicken broth.
3. Cover slow cooker, and cook soup 7 hours on Low.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories - 326 kcal
Fat - 11.4 g
Cholesterol - 26 mg
Sodium - 1381 mg (Yikes - use low sodium products to lower)
Carbohydrate - 43.7 g
Fibre - 9.4 g
Protein - 13 g



  
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PLATINUM755 9/25/2014 8:16PM

    Love marjoram...and your recipe. I 'm a lifetime student and learning something new everyday, like the vitamin K impact that marjoram has. Thanks for the share!

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DEE107 9/25/2014 12:55AM

    thank you

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/24/2014 11:35PM

    I don't use this spice enough. Now I have a reason to.

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NASFKAB 9/24/2014 9:42PM

  thank for sharing

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/24/2014 7:39PM

    Excellent!

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