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2) Ginger, a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-find
root, is considered a very healthful spice in the same
family as turmeric. It is rich in many healthy compo-
nents and has a strong aroma caused by the com-
pound gingerol. Ginger has a long history of use in
traditional and alternative medicine. It is most com-
monly used to soothe a stomach ache and combat
nausea, and is frequently used by women to prevent
morning sickness during pregnancy. Like turmeric
it also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be
helpful in reducing pain caused by osteoarthritis and
3) Cinnamon, another popular spice, which is
known for its healthy antioxidant properties and
delicious sweet taste. It may help to reduce inflam-
mation and be heart healthy. It may also be helpful
in regulating blood sugar levels within the body, and
even have some protective effect against developing
4) Chamomile is a flower that has historically been
associated with relaxation and calming. Many dif-
ferent cultures have used it alongside lavender as a
soothing beverage to enjoy before bedtime.
Many of these ingredients can be found in our pan-
tries, and including them in our diets is as simple
as incorporating them into recipes or brewing up a
delicious cup of tea. Herbal teas are a delicious and
probably the easiest way to introduce these ingredi-
ents into our daily lives.
A cup of tea can be the best solution
for everyday wellness
(BPT) Before medicine and pharmaceuticals
filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients
were considered healing agents. Hippocrates
was wise in his understanding of the special
powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites:
¡°Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy
There are many cultures that rely on herbal
remedies and natural foods for everything from
soothing an upset stomach to lifting our spirits
when we¡¯re down, to calming jittery nerves and
even fending off colds and flu. Many of the best
cosmetics tout ingredients to smooth skin, pre-
vent aging, block the sun, reduce inflammation
and minimize puffiness. There are four common
herbs that have been used by many cultures
and that are found in many of our kitchens.
1) Turmeric is a commonly used ingredient in
Ayurvedic practices. In Hindu, the bright yellow
color of turmeric is associated with the sun. In
India, turmeric is used in wedding and religious
ceremonies and is thought to bring good for-
tune. Not only is it said to brighten our spirits,
but it has also been found to have some anti-
inflammatory properties, which are healing for
the body
5. Deck the halls simply. Fresh, sweet-smelling
pine boughs tied with red ribbon can be tucked
into containers throughout your home, while
inexpensive or vintage colored glass bulbs
look festive when wound with strings of white
twinkle lights and placed in translucent bowls.
6. Tidy the workshop. Assign one room to be
the catch-all when company is coming, then
keep that door closed while entertaining. Sort it
out at your own pace after the holidays.
7. Rudolph as remedy. Weariness and/or a bad
mood can be hard to sustain when you¡¯re play-
ing festive, upbeat holiday music people have
been singing along to since they were kids.
The holidays are typically filled with joy and
some stress. But when you make a conscious
attempt to reduce the busywork, you¡¯re more
apt to feel warm and happy about the memories
you¡¯ve created.
Laugh To Live
Health & Nurturing 2017 December/January
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
A doctor, a nurse and a top executive of an HMO
have died and are in line together at the Pearly
Gates of heaven. St Peter appears to speak with
them and proceeds to ask them all what good
they have done in their lives.
The Doctor speaks up and says, ¡°I have devoted
my whole life to the sick and needy and have
had a part in caring for and healing thousands of
St Peter says, ¡°That¡¯s great, go ahead on into
¡°And what about you,¡± he asks the next in line.
The Nurse speaks up and says, ¡°Oh, I have done
all the hard work in supporting the Doctor and
his patients for my entire adult life.¡±
St Peter replies, ¡°Wonderful, please proceed in
with the Doctor.¡±
¡°And what about you?¡± St Peter turns to the
HMO executive.
To which the HMO executive proudly boasts,
¡°Well, I was the president of a very large Health
Maintenance Organization and was responsible
for the healthcare of millions of people all over
the country!¡±
St Peter thinks about this seemingly forever, and
then begrudgingly says, ¡°Ok, you are approved
to go in, but you can only stay for 2 nights.¡±
World¡¯s Most Popular Beverage
Sipping tea throughout the day provides a
natural break. Many tea drinkers proudly sport
their mugs to stay hydrated, refreshed and
Tea itself (from the plant Camellia sinensis)
contains many healthy compounds such as
polyphenols, which are great antioxidant com-
pounds. Studies with this phenomenal bever-
age are linked to many areas of health and
wellness. It¡¯s no wonder that tea is one of the
most popular beverages in the world. People
drink tea proudly knowing they are not only
enjoying something delicious, but also giving
their well-being a boost.
Bigelow Tea has long understood the art of
blending top-quality ingredients in their teas
and has recently introduced a new line called
Bigelow Benefits, which takes the concept of
herbal tea one step further by carefully craft-
ing a tea bag with an enticing mix of benefi-
cial herbs, flowers and fruits that supports
your daily health. The flavorful combinations
include Cinnamon & Blackberry, Peach & Gin-
ger, Chamomile & Lavender and Turmeric Chili
Matcha to name a few.
Designed to add everyday value to a regular
healthy lifestyle, each contains ingredients
that are commonly thought to help safely sup-
port and enhance life¡¯s everyday moments and
bring the wellness benefits of ancient civiliza-
tions to your teacup. For more info about Big-
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So next time you are looking to have a more
healthful lifestyle, or just a good night¡¯s sleep,
look no further than your tea cup.