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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 March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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