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According to some research, catching a whiff of this aromatic herb may increase alertness and improve memory. To stay sharp, try smelling fresh rosemary or inhaling the scent of rosemary essential oil before a test or meeting.

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Noun: Phalanx (FAY-lanks) Definition: 1. A body of heavily armed infantry in ancient Greece formed in close deep ranks and files; broadly : a body of troops in close array. 2. One of the digital bones of the hand or foot of a vertebrate. 3. A massed arrangement or organization of persons, animals, or things. […]

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The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.

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Verb: Vouchsafe (vowch-SAYF) Definition: 1. To grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner. 2. To give by way of reply. 3. To grant as a privilege or special favor. Sample sentence: View my commercial, you faithful television watchers, and vouchsafe my product earns me much wealth.

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Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.

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Noun: Benedict (BEN-ih-dikt) Definition: A newly married man who has long been a bachelor. Sample sentence: There was more than one benedict at my high school reunion, but I was most surprised at Denny, who had vowed he’d never marry.

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Adjective: Ephebic (ih-FEE-bik) Definition: Of, relating to, or characteristic of a youth of ancient Greece or a young man. Sample sentence: Ephebic training included athletic instruction in the events which were contested in the Olympics.

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Research suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Compounds in the tea called polyphenols appear to be responsible.

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Adjective: Lenitive (LEN-uh-tiv) Definition: Alleviating pain or harshness: soothing. Sample sentence: Peppermint, chamomile, and ginger are all reputed to have a lenitive effect on the digestive system.

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Walking is a very healthy form of exercise requiring little equipment other than good shoes. Do be aware, however, that some surfaces are better for walking than others on your musculoskeletal system. Walking on a cushioned or rubberized track is ideal, because the cushioning of this type of track absorbs most of the impact of […]

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