It’s the depths of winter, and if your office is anything like mine, that means a cacophony of coughs and sniffles and many empty desks as entire departments succumb to colds and flus. It may also mean you’re low on energy as you endure these shortest days of the year.
As a former editor for a natural health magazine, I’m a huge proponent of using natural medicine before you require a trip to the drugstore. If you give them the chance, natural remedies can heal and prevent all sorts of illnesses and ailments, and they do it without exacting a heavy toll on our bodies.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use natural medicine:
To cure ailments: Natural medicine can help relieve coughs, nausea and joint pain, as well as reduce the risk of major health issues such as cancer and heart attacks. Lucky for us, some of the strongest disease- and sickness-fighting herbal powerhouses are also delicious. Cinnamon, cloves and oregano have exceptionally high antioxidant capacity, which helps them ward off cancer. Green tea also contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may help prevent lung cancer. To help relieve arthritis, add lots of yummy turmeric to your meals. It’s a strong anti-inflammatory that goes great in soups, sauces, stir-fries or over vegetables. If you have a family history of heart problems, ramp up your intake of garlic, which many studies have shown reduces cholesterol, heart disease and risk of heart attack. Simply eat about a clove daily, raw or lightly cooked. To read about 10 ailments cured by culinary herbs, read our article here.
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