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Combat a yen for sugar by following a Chinese medicine approach: Eat foods such as endive, radicchio, cooked greens, and olives.

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Noun: Esplanade (ESS-pluh-nahd) Definition: A level open stretch of paved or grassy ground; especially, one designed for walking or driving along a shore. Sample sentence: The whole length of the esplanade was full of people who had secured prime viewing spots for the Pioneer Days fireworks show.

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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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