Mar 25th, 2013
REMINDERS!

Just a few reminders for you all:

  • You can submit post suggestions (Herb of the Week, herbal remedies, natural health facts).
  • The 45% sale on ALL teas is still going on! This week is the final week (www.thehealingcuptea.com).   Enter TUMBLR45 at checkout to receive discount.

I’ve been really busy lately but I will definitely try to post more often. Thanks again for all of your support!

- Nandi

Mar 18th, 2013
Herb of the Week (3/18/13-3/24/13): Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Appearance: 

Parts Used: Seeds
Uses: Tea (usually combined with other herbs to cover bitter taste) 
Healing Properties: 
Used in cases of: Sore throat, upset stomach, indigestion, high/low blood sugar levels, imbalanced breast milk flow, low libido, asthma, arthritis, menstrual pain,difficult child birth, menopause-related issues skin inflammation, fever, cholesterol-related issues 
*DISCLAIMER: Remember, healing begins within. In many cases, a change of diet and/or other lifestyle factors may increase the benefits of any natural healing remedies. It is extremely important to test out any herbs for yourself (by rubbing a small amount on your skin, waiting 24 hours for results) in case of an allergic reaction. Essential oils should never be used on the skin without being properly diluted with a carrier oil, never taken internally, and never used in place of infused oils without proper dilution. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs for remedies.
Mar 11th, 2013
Herb of the Week (3/11/13-3/19/13): Awapuhi (Zingiber zerumbet) 
Appearance:

AKA: Shampoo GingerParts Used: Gel (from flower), root, leaves
Uses: Shampoo, conditioner, flavoring for food
Healing Properties:
Uses: Toothaches, cavities, stomachache, indigestion, thirst (gel from flower), promotes overall well-being, promotes soft & shiny hair, sprains, massage, adds pleasant scent to clothing

*DISCLAIMER: Remember, healing begins within. In many cases, a change of diet and/or other lifestyle factors may increase the benefits of any natural healing remedies. It is extremely important to test out any herbs for yourself (by rubbing a small amount on your skin, waiting 24 hours for results) in case of an allergic reaction. Essential oils should never be used on the skin without being properly diluted with a carrier oil, never taken internally, and never used in place of infused oils without proper dilution. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs for remedies.
Mar 9th, 2013

In celebration of reaching 500 followers (thanks, everyone!), I’m offering 45% off on all purchases from www.thehealingcuptea.com. All you have to do is enter code TUMBLR45 at checkout. No minimum purchases. A great time to stock up on your faves & try out blends you’re curious about!

The sale begins today (3/9/13) and will continue until April 1, 2013.

Thanks again for your continued love & support!

- Nandi @ The Healing Cup

Mar 4th, 2013
Herb of the Week (3/4/13-3/10/13): Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
Appearance:

Parts Used: Root, seeds
Flavors: Spicy, bitterUses: Extract, tincture, capsule, tablet, salve, lotion
Healing Properties: 
Used in cases of: lack of appetite, weak digestion, flatulence, dyspepsia, “sour” stomach, heartburn, colds, coughs, asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion, gout, menstrual cramps, delayed/stopped menstruation, menopause-related issues, sluggish liver & spleen, weak circulation, cold hands & feet, dry skin
*DISCLAIMER: Remember, healing begins within. In many cases, a change of diet and/or other lifestyle factors may increase the benefits of any natural healing remedies. It is extremely important to test out any herbs for yourself (by rubbing a small amount on your skin, waiting 24 hours for results) in case of an allergic reaction. Essential oils should never be used on the skin without being properly diluted with a carrier oil, never taken internally, and never used in place of infused oils without proper dilution. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs for remedies.
Feb 25th, 2013
Herb of the Week (2/25/13-3/3/13): Asafoetida (Ferula assafoetida)
Appearance:

AKA: Hing
Parts Used: Gum resin
Flavor: Spicy, very similar to garlic
Uses: Extract, powder, tincture, capsule, flavoring agent in food
Healing Properties: 
Used in cases of: Hypoglycemia, colds, coughs, bronchitis, digestive issues (gas, mood drop/energy loss after eating, constipation), food allergies, high cholesterol, mood swings, depression, hysteria, colic
*DISCLAIMER: Remember, healing begins within. In many cases, a change of diet and/or other lifestyle factors may increase the benefits of any natural healing remedies. It is extremely important to test out any herbs for yourself (by rubbing a small amount on your skin, waiting 24 hours for results) in case of an allergic reaction. Essential oils should never be used on the skin without being properly diluted with a carrier oil, never taken internally, and never used in place of infused oils without proper dilution. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs for remedies.
Feb 18th, 2013
Herb of the Week (2/18/13-2/24/13): Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
Appearance:  
Parts Used:  Essential Oil
Healing Properties: 
Antidepressant, aphrodisiac, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic,   bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, disinfectant, emollient, sedative
*DISCLAIMER: Remember, healing begins within. In many cases, a change of diet and/or other lifestyle factors may increase the benefits of any natural healing remedies. It is extremely important to test out any herbs for yourself (by rubbing a small amount on your skin, waiting 24 hours for results) in case of an allergic reaction. Essential oils should never be used on the skin without being properly diluted with a carrier oil, never taken internally, and never used in place of infused oils without proper dilution. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs for remedies.
Feb 11th, 2013
Hey everyone!
Just wanted to pop in & let you all know that the herb of the week posts will resume on Monday, 2/17/13.
In the meantime, I want to say “thank you” to you all for your continued love & support for The Healing Cup. I would like to celebrate my 21st birthday (tomorrow! :-D ) with you all and hold a sale on thehealingcuptea.com. From today (2/11/13) until 2/17/13, you can save 21% off your purchase by using code: BDAY21 at checkout.
Feel free to spread the word & stock up, tea lovers! 
- Nandi
Feb 4th, 2013
Herb of the Week (2/3/13-2/10/13): Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis)
Appearance: 
Parts Used: Roots, rhizomes
Suggested Uses: Tea, extract, capsules
Healing Properties: 
Rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A, B-complex, C and D
Used for/as: Blood purifier (esp. used for liver, gallbladder & genitourinary system), skin conditions (i.e. psoriasis, eczema, etc.), arthritis, rheumatism, gout, hormonal imbalances, low energy/fatigue, nervous disorders, fever (induces sweat), builds muscle mass (contains natural steroidal component), treats impotence and infertility
*DISCLAIMER: Remember, healing begins within. In many cases, a change of diet and/or other lifestyle factors may increase the benefits of any natural healing remedies. It is extremely important to test out any herbs for yourself (by rubbing a small amount on your skin, waiting 24 hours for results) in case of an allergic reaction. Essential oils should never be used on the skin without being properly diluted with a carrier oil, never taken internally, and never used in place of infused oils without proper dilution. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs for remedies.
Jan 28th, 2013
Herb of the Week (1/28/13-2/3/13): Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Appearance:  
Parts Used: Root
Suggested Uses: Powder (usually mixed with juice, water, smoothies), capsules, added to foods (*usually baked goods), extract 
Healing Properties:
Considered a “superfood”
Used for: Increased fertility, libido, stamina, energy (good for chronic fatigue syndrome), memory/mental ability; Regulates menstrual cycle (also balances hormones during menopause & andropause), Reduces stress, anxiety, depression; Promotes healthy skin, teeth & bones; Treats anemia
Has anti-carcinogen, antioxidant, fungistatic and bacteriostatic properties 
Contains vitamins B1, B2, calcium, phosphorus, and fatty acids — all promoting a healthy nervous system (also stimulates appetite)  
        * Also contains vitamins A, B3, B12, C and D, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, sodium, potassium, manganese and bismuth
*DISCLAIMER: Remember, healing begins within. In many cases, a change of diet and/or other lifestyle factors may increase the benefits of any natural healing remedies. It is extremely important to test out any herbs for yourself (by rubbing a small amount on your skin, waiting 24 hours for results) in case of an allergic reaction. Essential oils should never be used on the skin without being properly diluted with a carrier oil, never taken internally, and never used in place of infused oils without proper dilution. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs for remedies.