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Top 5 Health Benefits of Echinacea


What is Echinacea?

Echinacea is a perennial plant native to the American prairie that is now cultivated in gardens over most of the continental United States. It resembles a large pink daisy with a briskly, raised center.

There are two types of Echinacea: Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea. The variety that is said to have the most potent benefits is Echinacea angustifolia. A few health benefits of Echinacea are listed below:

Helps Heal Acne and Skin Conditions
Echinacea is a classic remedy for eczema, acne and boils. Echinacea supports a normal complexion by helping to discourage blemishes and irritation. Other studies found that it helps hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Good For Immune System
Echinacea is known as an Immune Booster. Echinacea can have a powerful impact on the immune system; over 14 clinical trials have confirmed its ability to encourage good health all year long. Other studies show echinacea to be among the most effective supplements for seasonal wellness.



Works As An Anti-Inflammatory
Because of its clinically demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties, Echinacea has been suggested as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and other conditions that are caused or worsened by inflammation. The biologically active compounds in Echinacea work with your body to keep its inflammation response down. This contributes to healing and relief for many inflammation-related issues. If you're a female that has bad cramps during your menstruation period, echinacea may be a good fit for you.

Helps Purify The Blood
Echinacea may improve oxygen levels in the blood. Echinacea increases erythropoietin production in the bone marrow, this, in turn, promotes red blood cell production and increases the capacity of the blood to transport oxygen.

Good for Oral Health
Echinacea has been evaluated in combination with other herbs like sage and lavender and found to reduce bad breath. It's believed this effect is partly due to echinacea's ability to neutralized the harmful organisms that cause bad breath.



Ways to Consume/Prepare Echinacea

Echinacea can be drank as a tea.

1. Heat 8-16 ounces of distilled or filtered water over medium to high heat.
2. Add a mixture of flowers, roots, and leaves.
3. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
4. Strain and enjoy hot or cold!

Add local honey if you would like some flavor.

It can also be used on your skin to help with acne.




Article Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23455214

https://www.healthline.com/health/echinacea-tea-benefits

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-impressive-echinacea-benefits-support-health/

Have you tried Echinacea? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and connect with us @BOLDJournal on all social media outlets.

Whose Report Will You Believe?

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A long time ago there used to be a song that had a call and action response. I cannot recall all of the words, but I do remember it went something like this--whose report do you believe? We responded back 'I will believe the report of the Lord' . . . or something like that.

In a time where we are concerned about 'fake news' and the hidden agendas of others, it is hard to trust what people say and do, would you agree? 
Yet in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) it says to: 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight". 
God knows that our minds are fragile and that the things of this world can steer us away from doing what is right.  That's why it's so important that we seek His face daily and ask for his directions for our lives in order to guard ourselves from things and people whose intentions are not for our good.

Even when things seem like they are not going according to plan, know that God is in the midst of your situation and He is working it out. Don't allow other peoples agendas and media propaganda to scare you away from the plans God has for you.  Stay the course and trust the process as in this season, the only report that you can believe is that of the Lord.

Saturday

Wait On The Lord

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The wait is inevitable. It's the wait that builds character and test your allegiance. How well do you obey GOD, when you hear a direction to take?

It doesn't matter what we do or who we are, there are times where we will just have to wait. It's our response in the time of waiting that shows us who we are.

I recently went to a super busy Wal-mart when I was leaving, I saw a car turning out of the parking space in the exit lane, I heard go that way, I ignored the thought and figured it may be quicker if I just roll on down to the other exit lane. I passed another lane to get to a third one and ended up having to turn around anyway, When all that time I could have just listened to my GOD conscience and avoided even further delay and wasted time.

That's when i heard it. "The wait is inevitable." 

It definitely is, as long as we live life it's best to follow GOD's direction and not be led by what we see. 
Still I am certain to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27: 13-14
To wait is to be in a place of service. Have you ever heard somebody talk about "Waiting tables"? It's kind of the same concept.

"To wait on GOD" is an act of prayer, It is to ask with all we are: "Lord in this allotted time of life that I have, how can I serve you?.

The best thing to do is honor GOD's voice of direction and trust GOD during this time. To trust, we have to take time to be familiar with the divine's voice. Praying, fasting, studying all this is "waiting" on GOD.

The wait is what develops trust and the experiences we never forget. The experiences we call miracles are not for GOD to show and prove. they're for the growth and development of our faith.

It's not about the wait, it's about the allegiance. It's in our allegiance that we are given authority.

"Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted
but those who hope in (wait on) the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:30-31

the whole book of Isaiah 40 is about GOD being the one who has your back.

Have you waited on GOD today?

Tuesday

Take a Moment to Breathe

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Have you ever been in place where you were always busy? Do you every find yourself thinking that you've completed a task when in fact you had not? Do you ever feel like your mind is moving faster than the rest of your body?

Take a moment to breathe as you're doing too much. That's right I said it, you're doing too much. Our lives were never meant to be about the rat race chasing after things that are not for our good. Even Jeremiah told others during his time " Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, ‘It’s no use! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them'." (Jeremiah 2:25 NIV). When we run after things God never intended for us to chase after, it creates an emotional emptiness over time.

God's will is that we should chase after Him and those things that He has called us to as these things are permanent and for our good. When we choose to chase after things that others have, it may lead us down a path of depression, anxiety, bitterness, resentment, or more. Is being like others worth it?

Take a moment to breathe and ask yourself, 'who has God created me to be in this season?' When you chase after the things of God, every mental blockage and barrier will be removed as your vision gets clearer. Your purpose is strong and every breath that you take is inspired. Breathe in God's word and exhale the blessings. It's your season.

Sunday

Superbowl Gospel Celebration Marks 20 Year Anniversary During Atlanta Event

Gospel Recording Artists Lecrae and Koryn Hawthorne

The 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration recently aired on BET for it's sixth year.

The Annual event was hosted by National radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley. The  NFL-
Sanctioned event during Super Bowl LIII week, was held at Atlanta Symphony Hall. BOLD Journal was on site to interview the inspirational performers and attendees for the event. 

The special concert featured performances by Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs
Leonard, The Winans, Lecrae, Hezekiah Walker, Tamia, Koryn Hawthorne, and the
Super Bowl Gospel NFL Players Choir. Additonally, the celebration honored Denver
Bronco’s linebacker Von Miller with the annual “Faith in Action” award for his work with
his charity Von’s Vision.

The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration special will premiered exclusively on BET Networks
on Saturday.

The event which originated at Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999, joins together key NFL
Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream GRAMMY® Award-
winning artists and special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages.

Superbowl Gospel Celebration is the largest multicultural event to take place during Super Bowl weekend, in its 20-year run as an NFL-sanctioned event Superbowl Gospel Celebration has featured artists including Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Gladys Knight, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Anthony Hamilton, and many others.


For more information about Superbowl Gospel Celebration, visit superbowlgospel.com and check out a few interviews on Breath Of Life Daily's YouTube page. Stay inspired and informed with the latest updates @BOLDJournal on all social media networks.

Wednesday

Tell That Mountain to Get Out of Your Way

In life, we may find ourselves in a space where we are downright exhausted. We are consistently giving to make things right for everyone else while leaving ourselves behind. It seems like no matter how hard we try to shift our own situations, it feels like one obstacle after another blocks our path to our freedom.

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How many times have you said to yourself, 'God where are you'? How many times have you been so mad with God that you said that you were done with living right as it wasn't worth it as the mountains were unbearable to climb.

We all have as this Christian lifestyle isn't easy. Yet God never told us that it would be. In fact the word says in I Peter 1:7 (NIV) "These have come so that the proven genuineness of faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.We're also reminded in Isaiah 41:13 
"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you".
So talk your mountain and tell it to get out of your way. You are armed with the word of God. Now use it and shift your atmosphere.

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