HOW ABOUT SOME TEA?

Prevention (USA) - - HEALTH -

FOR DI­GES­TION AND SLEEP

“Steep ½ tea­spoon each of cumin, co­rian­der, and fen­nel seeds in a quart of boil­ing wa­ter; strain into a ther­mos and sip all day un­til sun­set.This is an Ayurvedic rem­edy that helps im­prove di­ges­tion and sleep and de­crease pal­pi­ta­tions, hot flashes, worry, and anx­i­ety.” —Kavitha Chin­naiyan, M.D., car­di­ol­o­gist, Beaumont Health

TO WARD OFF A COLD

“This con­coc­tion has res­cued me many times from de­vel­op­ing a full-blown cold: Sim­mer a 1-inch knob of chopped fresh gin­ger

(an an­tivi­ral) and ½ tea­spoon of goji berries

or ¼ tea­spoon of rose­hips

(for vi­ta­min C) along with 2 to 3 slices of dried as­tra­galus root (for im­mune sup­port) in 2 cups of wa­ter for 10 min­utes. Strain and add raw honey (which has an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties) to taste. Drink 1 cup two to three times a day for two to three days at the first sign of a cold.” —Yu­fang Lin, M.D., in­te­gra­tive medicine physi­cian at Cleve­land Clinic

TO RE­DUCE IN­FLAM­MA­TION

“Oregano is a con­cen­trated source of an­tiox­i­dants, which help to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and soothe the stom­ach.To use it, steep 1 to 2 tea­spoons of fresh or dried oregano in 8 ounces of hot wa­ter for ap­prox­i­mately 10 min­utes.The rec­om­mended dosage is up to three times daily.” —David Boren­stein, M.D., founder, Man­hat­tan In­te­gra­tive Medicine

FOR A SORE THROAT

“As some­one who loves to talk, I am al­ways get­ting a sore throat. I love chamomile and pep­per­mint tea, known for re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion and re­liev­ing pain. I pre­fer de­caf­feinated, es­pe­cially at night, be­cause good sleep is just as im­por­tant when fight­ing an ill­ness.” —Raj Das­gupta, M.D., as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of clin­i­cal medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC

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