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Spice Up the Season

Oct 28, 2015 09:15PM
By Laina Poulakos

The circulatory system is the body’s transportation system; it carries oxygen, nutrients and blood through the body. A healthy circulatory system benefits the body in many ways. It keeps the mind sharp and also benefits the heart, digestive system, and joints and muscles. The circulatory system also aids the body in ridding toxins. A good tonic for the circulatory system is garlic for its purifying and thinning of the blood properties.

Horseradish is another strong herb; it has a great effect on the digestive system. Horseradish is an excellent at expelling excess mucus making it a great root to eat while suffering from a cold or allergies.

Adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to food when feeling congested is also beneficial. The addition of the cayenne pepper helps with blood flow, as well as with joint issues and aids in the body getting rid of excess mucus. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way.

One idea is to make a blend of these herbs and use them in many different ways. You can use them in your cooking for added flavor. Also a spicy tea can be consumed, especially when it is cold outside or you are suffering from a cold. Using this blend on vegetables and pasta would be delicious and very nutritious.

Laina Poulakos is founder of Mother’s Nature Store and is available for a private consultations about herbal medicine by calling 703-851-0087 or visiting


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