What’s In My Cup? Digest & Detox Tea

What's In My Cup?

Since adding lemongrass to my home made face wash I’ve been really loving experimenting with the bright, vibrant flavor it offers. This tea is great for the afternoon to get everything moving through the system while also mellowing out the mind into the evening time. Lemongrass and lavender help with digestion and both chamomile and lavender are relaxing. Enjoy feeling detoxed and loosey goosey after enjoying this cup.DetoxDigestion

Simply Mix Together:

  • 1/2 tsp dried lavender buds
  • 1 tsp dried chamomile buds
  • 1/2 tsp dried lemon grass

Pour boiling water over all of the herbs in a tea ball into a big mug. Let steep for about 15 minutes, the lavender can begin to get pungently floral so be aware not to steep too long. While holding the mug let all the events of the day wash over you, if they stick, honor those thoughts and then let them go. Focus on detoxing the body and mind as the cup steeps and the linalool and limonene being to take hold of the mind.

Focus on the mantra: live and let live.

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Herb Spotlight: Nettle for Allergies & Inflammation

Herb Spotlight

This is a really powerful herb, when used in both herbal medicine and ancient folklore. Did you know that it has been used, when picked in the night, to drive evil spirits from herds of cattle? I mention this because Cowboyfriend didn’t know that either but he chose nettle for me to research this week. After more research I discovered that nettle can relieve common symptoms of allergies, super necessary this windy time of year. Make a soup, have a cup of tea or use it topically; nettle can do it all. Just be aware of the sting.

Breakdown of Nettle

Scientific Name: Urtica dioica [aka: Stinging Nettle, Stingweed]Nettle

Magickal Stats: Elementally Fire, Ruled by Mars

Improves Function Of:

  • Circulatory System
  • Immune System
  • Sinuses
  • Urinary System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Inflammation & Ulcerations of the mucous membrane
  • Allergies; stinging, runny nose & eyes
  • Inflammation, eruptions & rashes of the skin; hives, eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox
  • Arthritis & gout
  • Profuse menstruation

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Protection from the negative
  • Confound enemies
  • Help the sick recover
  • Burn away vampiric & negative energies

How Does It Work? There are many healing aspects of nettle, it’s another cure all sort of herb that every herbie should have on their shelves. The high Vitamin C content makes it a valuable tonic to regeneration the nutrients in the body. A lot of chronic health problems are due to the constantly shrinking mineral content in the food found at the grocery store. This means that even those who are eating healthily will find they are still deficient in some minerals, nettle can help to balance those missing minerals and nutrients. The herb is also found to be heavy in iron and chlorophyll and the iron found in nettles is easier for the body to absorb than other forms.  This is what makes it an ideal blood tonic for those dealing with anemia. Nettles will stimulate the kidneys which also works to purify the blood of toxins and urates.

What Do I Do With It? First off, if you plan to drink or eat nettles know that they are called stinging nettles for a reason. When chewed or applied topically they will produce a stinging feeling that has been referred to as ‘syringes’. Just boil the herbs in hot water for at least 2 minutes to put the kabash on the stinging of the nettles. Make a topical solution to help with arthritis and painful joints, it will give you a rash for a minute but the benefits are worth it. Also, during Springtime, making nettle soup or tonic that can have an antihistamine effect that will help with allergies.