Herbalist Letha Hadady specializes in Chinese herbal culture, and says seasonal herbs like mistletoe, pine, and peppermint can cure your holiday ailments in no time.
Besides being good for smooching, mistletoe when cooked properly and taken internally relaxes the body and opens the spirit, which Hadady says accounts for the urge to pucker up when youre standing underneath it.
To cure digestive muscle spasms and pains during the holidays, Hadady suggests eating peppermint in either spice, leaf, or essential oil forms in a warm cup of tea.
To avoid the holiday sniffles, Hadady says pine oils and extracts are perfect for killing germs, and drinking a small drop in a glass of water can help fight the flu.
She also suggests using pine and spruce oils for aromatherapy by mopping your floors with the oils, which will soothe your senses and give you a feeling of Christmas peace.
Finally, for those holiday hangovers, Hadady suggests a liver- detoxifying capsule called Homeopathic NuxVomica 30C, which is proven to cure the headaches, crabbiness, and nausea that come with eating, drinking, and partying too much.
For more on holiday herbal remedies, check out Hadadys book, Feed Your Tiger (Rodale), or visit asianhealthsecrets.com.
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