keep warm

Here is a bog from Huffington Post about 7 herbs that improve circulation in the body. Whether you’re about to be hit by that blizzard back east or live in another cold area, perhaps these could help you out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brigitte-mars/7-herbs-and-spices-that-w_b_384883.html

1. Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a member of the Piperaceae (Pepper) Family. It has antiseptic, and antioxidant properties.
2. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), a member of the Zingiberaceae (Ginger) Family, is an expectorant, thus helping to open the respiratory passages.
3. Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens), a member of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) Family. It is rich in vitamin C, and helps relieve chills, coughs and congestion. Sprinkling a bit of cayenne pepper between one’s shoes and socks can help warm the feet when needing to be outdoors. (Avoid the eyes and mouth!)
4. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is a member of the Lauraceae (Laurel) Family. It helps dry dampness in the body and warms people that are always cold and suffering from poor circulation. Cinnamon is antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic.
5. Garlic (Allium sativum), a member of the Liliaceae (Lily) Family, helps one be more resistant to infection. Garlic is a potent vasodilator and improves circulation by helping to prevent the blood from clumping together.
6. Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a member of the Zingiberceae Family, is a natural antioxidant and antiseptic. It improves circulation to all parts of the body. Ginger baths are warming, muscle relaxing and cold and flu relieving and can be made by simmering eight ounces of ginger into a half gallon of water, simmering at a low boil for twenty minutes, then straining into the bathtub.
7. Horseradish (Armoracia lapathifolia) is a member of the Brassicaceae (Mustard) Family. It is high in vitamin C, and aids in the digestion of fatty foods. Horseradish is antiseptic and a strong decongestant; helping to open congested respiratory passages.

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