Hot peppers clear congestion!
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;