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Stay Healthy

Methods for germ defense, from easy to extreme.


No matter how hard you try to dodge the bug that’s going around the office cubicle by cubicle, it eventually catches up with you. And once you’ve got it, you’ve got it for seven days (the length of the average cold). Tea—hot, steaming, maybe with a bit of honey, fresh ginger, and lemon—can soothe your throat, clear your head, and keep you hydrated (very important). To make the process a little more aesthetically inviting, drop a handcrafted Bloom Flower tea bundle from T Salon ($6 for three; 459 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave., inside Chelsea Market; 212-243-0432) into hot water. As it steeps, the tea ball opens into a beautiful flower: chrysanthemum, jasmine, litchi, or orange bloom. For more ways to fight off a cold or just feel better, click ahead.


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