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Perhaps the best gift of all is relief from the sufferings brought on by over indulgence. Christmas Cure, a specially prepared blend of herbal tea, promises to "calm and restore the equilibrium." And who hasn't wished for some remedy to shoo away those unwelcome Christmas guests who arrive in the guise of an aching head and protesting tummy. Over indulgence is expected, nay even required, when faced with champagne, turkey and an endless array of puddings and other sweets. It would be rude not to eat. But now friends and family enjoy themselves without having to worry about suffering later.

Christmas Cure, pounds 2.99, from Past Times (01993 770440).