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Dec 13 2013 In Tea Journal By

Healthy Holiday Inclusions

Tis the season to eat and be jolly! However, far too often this leads to over eating, indigestion and weakened immune systems. Here are a few tips for herbs you can incorporate into your holiday cooking that will help with those inevitabilities.

  • One of my favorite herbs this time of year is Cinnamon. Cinnamon has the ability to reduce the blood sugar spike after eating carbohydrates and starches like pasta, rice, stuffing, and desserts. It is also great for the immune system having antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Try adding some Ginger to your candied yams or sauces. It will add a little sweet spicy note while also reducing that bloated, gassy feeling; plus it is a great anti-inflammatory.
  • You can also incorporate Cloves if you are doing a ham. Clove is a natural antibiotic that supports the immune system, killing the 'bad" bacteria instead of wiping out the natural flora of the digestive system.
  • Another tasty addition is Anise Seed. With its sweet candy-like flavor, sprinkle it on salads, add it to your teas, or cook with it. Anise is good for digestion as well as being a good expectorant for those coughs.

For Nature’s medicine cabinet, look no further than your pantry, or check out our website for some great tasty OTC alternatives.

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