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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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            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

            Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

            1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

            Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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            2. Stress Relief

            Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

            3. Improved Sleep

            Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

            4. Appetite Control

            Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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            5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

            When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

            6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

            Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

            7. Mosquito Repellant

            Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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            8. Pain Relief

            While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

            9. The New Anti-Viral

            Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

            10. Improved Cognitive Function

            Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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            11. Money Saving

            With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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