All posts by Taylor Patz

Fire Cider – The Newest & Hottest Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar has been renowned for centuries for its wonderful health benefits. In ancient Greece, around 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for a variety of ailments, including coughs, colds and digestive problems.

In addition to always having Bragg’s apple cider vinegar on our shelves, Nature’s Cupboard proudly stocks a fantastically unique twist on this historic substance – Fire Cider, by Shire City Herbals.

“To the base of certified organic apple cider vinegar, we’ve added whole, raw, certified organic oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, habanero pepper, garlic and turmeric. We let this mixture steep for 6 weeks at room temperature, to preserve the living vinegar culture and delicate flavors of the ingredients. Lastly, we blend a generous helping of raw wildflower honey into the mix. The result is potent but balanced, offering layers of sweet, tart and spice.

According to Bragg’s website, apple cider vinegar has:

Rich in enzymes & potassium
Support a healthy immune system
Helps control weight
Promotes digestion & ph Balance
Helps soothe dry throats
Helps remove body sludge toxins

Helps maintain healthy skin
Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
Soothes irritated skin
Relieves muscle pain from exercise
Stop in our store and ask us for a free sample of Fire Cider – the taste will blow you away!

ElderPower Immune Support- Local Elderberry Syrup

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Nature’s Cupboard proudly carries the superb, local and absolutely delicious ElderPower elderberry syrup from Sundance Botanicals. This has become one of our go-to favorite immune supporting products for the whole family.

Elderpower elderberry syrup is an immune boosting, delicious nutritional supplement made from quality USDA organic ingredients and sweetened with locally-sourced raw honey. Each batch is hand-crafted in LaPorte, Indiana.

Ingredients: elderberries*, local raw honey, fresh ginger root*, cinnamon*, cloves*, vanilla bean*, reverse osmosis water.     * Denotes USDA Organic ingredients

“Elderberries are tiny, dark berries that grow in clusters on the flowering elder tree that is indigenous to North America. They have been used for centuries for their immune-boosting and anti-infectious properties. In 400BC, Hippocrates referred to the black elderberry shrub as his medicine chest.”

“Natural substances called flavonoids, such as quercetin and anthocyanins, are present in elderberries. These increase cytokine production and have antioxidant properties known to reduce free radicals within the cells, preventing damage, and promoting anti-cancerous and anti-aging processes. According to the USDA, elderberries are ranked as one of the highest food sources of antioxidants – even more so than blueberries! One study suggests that consumption of elderberry extract can inhibit several strains of the influenza virus and reduce the symptoms*.”

Elderberries may provide support for:

  • Boosting immune functions
  • Combating cold and flu symptoms
  • Respiratory and asthma
  • Targeting viruses and bacteria
  • Joint health and inflammation
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Energy and metabolism
  • Digestion

Although Nature’s Cupboard does carry a variety of elderberry syrups and extracts that are all very high quality, going local is a big deal to us – we like to brag about ElderPower. The ingredients are sourced clean and as local as possible – even the amber bottle is made in the USA. Sundance Botanicals was started by a nurse with 15 years of experience and a  true passion for promoting healthy lifestyle alternatives and conscious living through traditional medicine. “Nature has so much to offer us!” Click the photo below to visit Sundance Botanicals’ Facebook page.




Immune Boosting Organic Mushrooms by Host Defense

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For many people, the words “fungus” or “mushroom” might bring to mind some negative ideas about health, their home, or even their psyche. However, traditional use of mushrooms as immune and health tonics has been occuring for more than two-thousand years, specifically with the use of Reishi mushroom in China. Today, the wonder of different mushrooms species continues to empower human health, through cooking, supplements and even being put to use for ecological restoration.

In addition to regularly carrying fresh, organic mushrooms in our produce department, Nature’s Cupboard proudly offers the high quality organic mushroom supplements from Paul Stamets’ Host Defense line. HD offers a range of organically grown mushroom products that boast support for immune, energy, antioxidants, heart health, etc. There has even been studies done using Turkey Tail mushroom that have shown a strong potential for the treatment of cancer*.

Here is some information taken from the Host Defense website:

Mushrooms Offer Support for a Multitude of Body Systems 
Examples include support for: Cardiovascular System,  Digestive System, Neurological System, Immune System, Reproductive System, Integumentary (Skin) System, Skeletal System, Muscular System

This can be seen with:

Reishi and the cardiovascular system
Chaga and antioxidant support
Turkey Tail and immune support
Lion’s Mane and brain/nervous system support

Combining mushrooms can provide the following benefits:

• Increased Natural Killer Cell and macrophage numbers and their activity when compared to same sized serving of single species
• Full range of macro- and micronutrients from the mushroomforming mycelium and growth medium
• Whole food nutrition, readily digestible and absorbable by the body
• Novel compounds
• Greater range of nutrients to support the major systems of the body, when compared to taking a single species

Check out this footage of Paul Stamets speaking about the health benefits of mushrooms at TEDMED in 2011:


Turmeric & Curcumin Products


You may have heard of Turmeric Root used widely as a spice in certain curry dishes. Turmeric, in addition to it’s warm, earthly and bitter flavor, has many wonderful healthy properties as well. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful herb to promote the body’s natural inflammatory response in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. Even more potent than the whole root, is the yellow/ orange pigment of turmeric, which is called curcumin.

Many studies are emerging suggesting that Curcumin, from the turmeric root, may support relief from many different ailments such as pain, inflammation, and is even being used in certain forms for cancer treatments*.

Nature’s Cupboard offers organic dried turmeric spice powder, fresh organic whole turmeric root, and carries a wide selection of high quality turmeric and curcumin supplements at affordable prices. One of our most popular curcumin supplements are the Curamin® products by Terry Naturally.

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†These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are the opinions of the author not of Nature’s Cupboard.

Hemp-Derived CBD (cannabinoid) Oil from CannaVest

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We are now carrying high-quality, hemp-derived CDB oils from CannaVest. There is a fair amount of research beginning to surface suggesting that CBD may provide some relief from anxiety, stress, depression, and arthritic pain*. For more info on the CannaVest brand, please visit their website. We carry the Liquid CBD sprays in three flavors in a standard strength and extra strength, the CBD topical Balm, and the pure oil in standard and GOLD strengths.

Here is some info on CBD’s taken from the CannaVest website:


Beneficial: CBD has been recognized for its benefits on human and animal health and is capable of affecting nearly every biological process. Non-psychotoxic: Because it’s made from hemp, CBD does not result in feelings of euphoria, as opposed to marijuana-derived CBD. Safe: hemp-derived CBD has a remarkable safety profile.n Lawfully imported: All of our high-quality CBD oil products are made from agricultural hemp – meaning they are currently exempt from the Federal Controlled Substances Act’s (CSA) definition of marijuana. Sustainable: our CBD oil is made from outdoor grown, chemical-free agricultural hemp. Not only does hemp sequester CO2, it is environmentally helpful is a model of textbook sustainability.


 The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Sure, saying ”endocannabinoid” sounds like a tongue twister, but more importantly, we should all educate ourselves on this newly discovered central regulatory system. Why? Because researchers over the last 30 years have discovered that the ECS is a system that is designed to balance you. So, what is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)? The ECS is made of cannabinoid receptors, endogenous (self-made) cannabis-like compounds and enzymes that create and inactivate them. The ECS is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Phytocannabinoids like CBD, of which well over 100 have been found to exist, are plant derivatives that ”talk” to just about every major organ system in the body via the ECS, helping restore normal balance and physiologic homeostasis. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body. In each tissue, cannabinoids performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, maintaining a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. So, why is the CBD important for the ECS? Because CBD modulates endocannabinoid tone and may help keep healthy people healthy.”

CannaVest products

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA


Now Carrying Get Real Nutrition Products!

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Started by Jordan Rubin,  Get Real Nutrition’s mission is to restore real food nutrition to your body and vitality to our planet leading the revolution of regeneration. The company offers products with their 10 promises:

  1. USDA Certified Organic
  2. 2. Real Food
  3. Non-GMO
  4. Vegan
  5. Gluten Free
  6. Sprouted
  7. Fermented
  8. Allergen 8 Free
  9. Hand Cultivated
  10. Eco-Regenerative Packaging

These products contain an awesome profile of ingredients meant to nourish the body and mind, such as turmeric, milk thistle, reishi, cacao, aloe vera, astragalus, green tea,  bacopa, ginkgo, and plenty of sprouted and fermented foods. The products are available in capsule and drink mix forms and are currently 30% off in our stores while supplies last. For more information of Get Real Nutrition and their products, check out their website.

Customer Appreciation Day

On our Sample Saturday events we go all out to show our appreciation and gratitude for our wonderful customers by having all sorts of wonderful goodies to try out. We have local vendors talking about the products and offering samples, local farmers sharing their story of clean and sustainable food, and we also have free product samples and raffles. The next Sample Saturday will be December 12th, 2015.