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There are some natural solutions you can apply to help prevent and/or reduce the severity of those winter ailments. Whatever your symptoms, remember that light exercise helps boost immunity and give you energy, so if you can muster the strength, go take a walk, do some easy yoga or stretching. NOTE: Consult your doctor or licensed medical professional before making changes to your diet, exercise or medical treatment programs.

Here are a few things that have worked very well for me:

  • Add cinnamon to your tea if you feel a strained or sore throat

  • Headache? Dab a few drops of peppermint oil onto your temples and the base of your neck. For a real doozy, try the herb Feverfew (either as a supplement or in tea). You can also try my 8 minute daily stretches to help stress headaches

  • Joint pain or Arthritis? Try adding turmeric to your meal or tea

  • Garlic!! Whenever you are going to be exposed to more germs than usual (on a plane) or are just feeling a little run down, up your intake. Buy fresh, and chop, press or slice it into any dish. Roasted garlic has a nice smoky sweetness to it. Check out this article from about the benefits. ***Talk to your doctor first if you are on blood thinners or about to have surgery***

  • Nausea or stomach problems? Try peppermint tea or ginger tea.

  • For menstrual cramps, eat almonds, sunflower seeds and dark greens (broccoli, spinach) to get a dose of magnesium

  • Prevent nose chafing by using cotton hankies and applying my olive oil moisturizer often

  • Feeling fatigued in general with no other symptoms? Try ginseng tea

  • Feel some tooth sensitivity or gum swelling? Gargle/swish warm salt water throughout the day (and then schedule a dentist's appointment)

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