Hot pep­pers clear con­ges­tion!

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Chili pep­pers have long been the go-to in South Amer­ica for fend­ing off cold and flu symp­toms, for good rea­son: Cap­saicin, which gives pep­pers heat, also thins mu­cus to re­lieve nasal con­ges­tion. “And the body re­acts to cap­saicin by sweat­ing, which re­leases germs from the sys­tem and re­duces fever,” says nat­u­ral healer Jill Blake­way, LAC. ■ Get the ben­e­fit! Quell colds with cayenne tea: Add 1/2 tsp. pow­dered cayenne pep­per to 1 cup of near boil­ing wa­ter; stir; steep one minute. Add 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. freshly chopped gin­ger, if de­sired. Strain;

drink hot.

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