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  • With cold and flu season comes the home remedies — and many of us are reaching for the ginger this fall. 

    The versatile herb can be used fresh, dried, powdered, as a juice or an oil. And while it’s most commonly used as a spice and flavouring agent, it’s also used medicinally.

    According to WebMD, ginger is commonly used to treat “stomach problems” such as motion sickness, morning sickness, nausea, gas and diarrhea, and can also be used for pain relief from arthritis, menstrual pain, muscle soreness, bronchitis, and even chest pain. 

    One study found that ginger might even slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells. 

    It can also help strengthen immunity and is frequently used to aid digestion

    Fresh ginger has many health and culinary uses. (Thinkstock)Fresh ginger has many health and culinary uses. (Thinkstock)

    Topically, fresh ginger juice can be poured on the skin to treat burns. Ginger oil can be used as a topical pain reliever, too. 

    It should be noted that there are some precautions that should be taken when using ginger medicinally. Pregnant women should limit their ginger intake to 1g a day, and

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  • If you don’t work in fashion, you probably don’t realize how much work goes into a single image in a magazine or a dress you see on the runway.

    But that’s the point. For audiences, a runway show comes and goes in the blink of an eye, leaving you with images of beautifully-coiffed models in a designer’s latest collection and no inkling of how it came to be. It really only shows one side of the fashion story.

    We wanted to get the nitty-gritty details of how it all comes together on the catwalk. How exactly does a designer bring a new collection to life, from start to finish?

    We caught up with Canadian womenswear designer Mikhael Kale in his Toronto studio while he wasputting the finishing touches on his spring/summer 2015 collection, which will be premiering at World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW) on Friday, Oct. 24. 

    Mikhael Kale presents his fall 2014 collection during World MasterCard Fashion Week in March (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for IMG)Mikhael Kale presents his fall 2014 collection during World MasterCard Fashion Week in March (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for IMG)
    There are shreds of fabric, tape measures, spools of thread and Judy dolls strewn around his studio, and paper with design-related scribbles we can’t begin to discern on

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  • There are 5 basic clothing care skills everyone should know. (Thinkstock)There are 5 basic clothing care skills everyone should know. (Thinkstock)According to a new study out the University of Missouri-Columbia, millennials don’t know how to take care of their clothes. 

    A significant gap exists in the amount of ‘common’ clothes repair skills possessed by members of the baby boomer generation and millennials, research has found. The study found that many more of the baby boomer generation possess skills such as sewing, hemming, button repair and general laundry knowledge than Americans 18-33 years of age,” the researchers conclude

    Skills that were once taught in the home or at school are no longer being learned. 

    This lack of clothes-repair knowledge is contributing to tons of textile waste each year. When people can’t fix a tear or remove a stain themselves, they often toss out the garment. 

    "If we, as a nation, want to move toward more sustainable practices in all aspects, we need to evaluate not only how we take care of our clothes, but how we educate younger generations to do so as well," says Pamela Norum, a professor in

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