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5 Food Cures That You Can Grow In The Office

5 Food Cures That You Can Grow In The Office

Winter can mean colds and flu, especially if you live or work in a public service environment or school. If you have kids you know first hand how they can drag home everything from school. It seems like in the deepest winter everything you touch needs to be soaked in Lysol and hands must be washed every few minutes. This year, keep up your healthy hygiene, it’s your first prevention, but head off feeling under the weather by using one or all of these easy food cures.

Not to mention, having a windowsill herb garden will add some tasty flavor to your dinner menu. Just think, as your making delicious chicken you’re keeping your family healthy with a few flavor food cures.

You can usually get seedlings from a local greenhouse, or, if your ambitious you can sprout your own from seeds. Make sure to follow the growing instructions and care for your seedlings carefully in order to help them help you.

1. Basil

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    You can grow this annual in a windowsill, plucking the white flowers before they bloom to prevent it from going to seed. Use the crushed leaves in a foot bath or rubbed against the temples to relieve headaches. It also tastes great chopped and added to most dishes. This fragrant herb has anti-inflammatory benefits and anti-bacterial benefits. The perfect extra boost to any dinner, whether added directly or blended into a homemade pesto, Check out the recipe here..

    2. Lemon Balm

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      Make sure you pot this little plant or it’ll take over your garden. It’s leaves are great for keeping bugs away when rubbed on the skin. It’s also a natural way to heal and prevent cold sores. Lemon Balm also works great to calm the mind and help promote restful sleep. While it may help calm the mind, it also has the side effect of promoting a positive outlook and creating alertness.

      Check out this Lemon Balm Lemonade and more great ideas from Healing From Home Remedies

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      LEMON BALM LEMONADE – This lemon balm recipe makes about 6 cups and has only about 36 calories per cup! Of course, you can add more honey if you like it a little sweeter but that will up the calories. You’ll need:

      • 3 cups loosely packed, fresh lemon balm leaves (or about 1 cup dried)
      • 6 cups hot water
      • Juice of 4 fresh lemons (around 1 cup)
      • 3 Tablespoons honey (I wonder how pure maple syrup would taste in this?)

      Put the leaves in the bottom of a 2 quart pitcher. Lightly crush the leaves with a wooden spoon or plastic potato masher. Pour the hot water over the leaves and let it steep around 1 hour. After an hour, strain the leaves then add the lemon juice and honey.

      Stir it well before serving. Add a small sprig of lemon balm as a garnish if your feeling fancy. This refreshing tea is wonderful either hot or cold!

      3. Lavender

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        The perfect little plant to keep for stress, the sweet smell alone can help calm you down if you’re likely an anxious or easily wound up person. In and of itself, lavender has great anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Make sure this sun-loving plant has plenty of light gravely soil. One of the best uses is to crush a handful into a pot of boiling water or in a warm bath to help sooth you. Culinary quality lavender can be sprinkled on yogurt to help gut health.

        Utilize the joys of lavender in anyone of the easy lavender detox baths recipes.

        4. Sage

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          You might think of safe brush filled prairies when you think about this plant, but this sweet smelling plant is the perfect addition to your office or home window garden. It’s a versatile little plant which, when gargled with it, can relieve a sore throat, it’s also known to strengthen the nervous system and improve memory. Sage also has anti-spasmodic effects on the smooth muscle and can sooth an asthma attack. Make sure you keep this little guy in full sun with a light sandy soil.

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          Add a little sage to your next meal with this yummy brown butter sage sauce.

          5. Rosemary

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            This little plant loves to bask in the sun, and, when used in a tea, can help with Season Affective Disorder (SAD) and the occasional hangover. Quite the powerhouse of an herb, Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6. It’s been touted to boost the immune system, improve memory, sooth muscle pain, and help with circulation.

            Get a healthy dose of rosemary by infusing your favorite olive oil with it.

            Whether you grow all of them, or just one or two, you can bet the additions above all have anti-inflammatory and potential immune boosting health benefits. Make sure to check with your doctor if you’re pregnant or have health issues before adding in herbs for medicinal properties.

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            Last Updated on November 17, 2019

            20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

            20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

            Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

            1. Make a gift bag.

            A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

            2. Give a toast.

            Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

            3. Write a poem.

            “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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            4. Create your own labels.

            There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

            5. Give a gift card.

            Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

            6. Send a letter.

            Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

            7. Use social media to send a special message.

            If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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            8. Make your own digital greeting card.

            While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

            9. Make a YouTube video.

            Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

            10. Deliver cookies or candies.

            Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

            11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

            There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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            12. Put together a flower basket.

            Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

            13. Take a picture.

            Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

            14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

            The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

            15. Do something special for them.

            Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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            16. Reciprocate their help.

            Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

            17. Be there for them.

            Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

            18. Listen to them.

            Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

            19. Say it in another language…or two…

            A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

            20. Show them some love.

            A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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