A Place to Start

| January/February 2007

  • ©2007 Steven Foster

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  • ©2007 Steven Foster

Perk Up with Cardamom Coffee

Looking for a special pick-me-up on a cold afternoon? Try this delicious Middle Eastern coffee for a guaranteed energy boost.

Arabic Cardamom Coffee

Serves 4

4 split green cardamom pods
4 heaping teaspoons finely
ground coffee
2 heaping teaspoons sugar
2½ cups water
1 teaspoon ground ginger

Add cardamom, coffee and sugar to water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer 20 minutes. Let steep 2 minutes to allow coffee grounds to settle. Sprinkle with ginger and pour carefully into small coffee cups.

Source: McIntyre, Anne. Drink to Your Health. New York: Fireside, 2000.

Dong Quai: A Great Herb for Women

In China, dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is considered the best tonic herb for women. The herb helps regulate the hormones and keeps the reproductive system running smoothly. It also is used to relieve menstrual cramps, ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, regulate the bowels and increase energy. Herbs for Health editorial adviser Christopher Hobbs likes to use dong quai for his patients that are experiencing “general weakness and debility and circulatory disorders, such as angina.” The herb also is used to help overcome anemia.

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