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Soothing Fennel Seeds

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If you have a common, everyday ailment, what better way to treat yourself, than to do so with simple ingredients straight from your kitchen cupboards?

Over the centuries, vinegar has been used for many purposes. Making pickles, killing weeds, cleaning coffee makers and dressing salads.

In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been singled out as one of the most popular health-boosting tonics. In fact, it’s now sold in both the condiment and the health supplement aisles of your supermarket.

Apple cider vinegar benefits are plentiful. Its wide-ranging uses include everything from curing hiccoughs to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to fight diabetes, high cholesterol and weight issues.

One of the best reason to keep apple cider vinegar in your pantry is to use it to make a quick and easy salad dressing. Not only will your green leafy vegetables taste even better, it will help keep you and the family healthy.

In a recycled glass jar with a screw-top lid, pour in 75mls of olive oil (or any other oil you have in the pantry) and add 25mls of apple cider vinegar. Screw the top on and shake well.

To make the oil and vinegar blend together, add a teaspoon of mustard and then some flavouring such as honey and your favourite herbs and spices, some black pepper and shake again. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge and use within three months.

With Christmas almost upon us, the fragrant, sweet and warm taste of cinnamon is the perfect spice to flavour end-of-year desserts.

Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. It is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, which is available in its dried tubular form, known as a quill, or as ground powder which can both be found in the supermarket.

Renowned for its ability to regulate blood sugar levels, cinnamon is the perfect spice to add desserts and high-carbohydrate meals as it slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, desserts can sometimes be off-limits. This creamy rice pudding, when eaten in moderation, can be your doorway back to desserts while keeping your blood sugar levels stable.

Place two cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Add one cup of long-grain rice and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Once the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed, add two cups of milk, two tablespoons of honey, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.