Healthy Tip

Let your tea steep Studies of tea chemistry have found that steeping tea for at least 3 minutes increases the release of polyphenols, chemicals in tea that have antioxidant and other beneficial properties, and which may account for many of tea’s health benefits.

Kitchen Cure for Sadness: Cinnamon

While clinical depression needs medical attention, a simpler solution can help the everyday blues. Cinnamon is safe, it contains no sugar, and clinical research has shown it even helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Take some whenever you’re feeling out of sorts.

Kitchen Cure for Colds: Garlic

Raw garlic’s strong antimicrobial properties make it effective for fending off and treating the common cold. It works best as an early intervention. A good method — chewing raw cloves with added honey — is the most pungent, but not the only way to get it down.

Kitchen Cure for Skin Infections: Honey

Raw honey has dozens of uses, healing infections from scrapes and sores among them. The osmotic action promotes granulation of the tissue and draws infection out of the body. Manuka honey, available at natural-foods stores, can even be used for uncomplicated skin infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Kitchen Cure for Insomnia: Sesame Oil & Milk

To treat insomnia at home, start with the obvious: Instead of working or watching the news before bed, write in a journal or make a to-do list so those worries don’t distract your mind. While you’re decompressing, indulge in this sleep solutions: If you fall asleep easily but don’t stay […]