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.
Ongoing fatigue can have many causes, so it needs a physician’s diagnosis and care. But for women suffering from run-of-the-mill, postmenstrual fatigue, blackstrap molasses — a good source of iron, calcium, and other minerals — can work wonders.
Steam is the best way to deliver the healing power of herbs to congested sinuses. Oregano and rosemary have antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Plus, they’re bronchodilators, so they help you breathe.
For a dry cough, ground mustard helps loosen congestion and reduce inflammation. A topical pack is effective, but be sure to check it every three to five minutes. Mustard can irritate or even burn the skin.
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.
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.
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).
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 asleep, a sesame oil foot […]
For relief of occasional constipation, look no further than your favorite pasta topper. Basil is fantastic for constipation since it helps de-stress the body, while the flavor helps digestion.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice are the best remedies for flatulence. Take these spices individually — a little cinnamon on toast or ginger tea after a meal — or get them all in a cup of chai tea.