Spice Up Your Health

Do you love spices and culinary herbs as much as we do? Humans have treasured spices for thousands of years. Our ancestors used garlic, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary and nutmeg to season food. They also believed spices had healing properties. For them, spices were strong medicine. Now, scientists are finding that we should pay attention to the health benefits of spices. That’s why we are offering you a 20% savings this fall on our book, Spice Up Your Health: How Everyday Kitchen Herbs & Spices can Lengthen and Strengthen your Life.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Do you remember the wonderful song by Simon & Garfunkel:

“Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine…”

The original song and melody was actually written in medieval times in merry old England. It reminded people that the famous Scarborough Faire (held annually in North Yorkshire) would start on August 15th and last until the end of September. It was a really big deal. People came from all over to see the sights and buy all sorts of things, including spices like parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and probably other spices as well. Folklore has it that this refrain in the song represented virtues such as love, comfort, strength and courage. In those days, culinary spices and herbs were highly valued for both their taste and medicinal value.

Rediscovering the Healing Power of Spices:

Anxiety and Depression:

In our brand new book, Spice Up Your Health, we share the amazing health properties of culinary herbs and spices. In recent years researchers have uncovered some of the extraordinary benefits of cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, thyme and turmeric. For example, in the Journal of Affective Disorders (Jan. 1, 2017), an article was published about the psychological benefits of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. In a placebo-controlled trial, volunteers given this compound experienced improvements in both anxiety and depression.


A fascinating article was published in the journal Nutrients (Aug., 2016) titled “Spices for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer.” It reports that culinary herbs and spices like garlic, chili peppers, black pepper, rosemary, turmeric, black cumin and ginger have intriguing properties that both prevent and treat many common cancers.

Rosemary Is For Remembrance:

William Shakespeare wrote these words for his character Ophelia in Hamlet:

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember…”

There is growing evidence to suggest that rosemary is an herb with impressive potential. We are only now rediscovering what our forefathers apparently knew.

On a radio show last year we interviewed Alan Maisel, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He is Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the Heart Failure Program at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. He talks about a little village in southern Italy where many of the residents live into their 80s and 90s, seemingly without typical signs of heart trouble, cataracts, dementia or other common symptoms of aging. In our interview with Dr. Maisel, he points out that rosemary is a key ingredient in their cuisine and is used in almost every meal.

A study in the journal Physiology & Behavior (Oct. 15, 2016) demonstrated that extracts of rosemary and spearmint had:

“beneficial effects on learning and memory and brain tissue markers of oxidation that occur with age in SAMP8 mice.”

Ingredients in rosemary have anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and memory enhancing activity (Molecular Neurobiology, Nov. 2016).

Save 20% on Spice Up Your Life!

Have we whetted your appetite? You can learn more about the wonderful properties of culinary spices and herbs such as anise, basil, caraway, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, fennel, garlic, ginger, juniper, oregano, rosemary, turmeric and vanilla in our book, Spice Up Your Health. In it you will learn how to use these spices to improve your health, with a summary of the recent research on spices you may already have in your kitchen pantry. You’ll also find recipes so you can ingest spices with tasty food-the best way to get them.

This entire week, we are offering a special discount that you will want to take advantage of. You can save 20% off the regular price of Spice Up Your Health. The special coupon is  20Spice. When you put that code in the discount box on checkout, you will save over $3 on the retail price. This sale will cease on October 9, 2017, so take advantage of the holiday.

Modern science is rediscovering what our ancestors knew thousands of years ago: culinary herbs and spices make food taste good and offer some amazing health benefits. Can you think of a better holiday present for friends and family? Remember, the special discount code is 20Spice.

Perhaps you would like to add our other books, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies and/or Recipes & Remedies from The People’s Pharmacy. Save on our Holiday Gift Bundles at this link. If you act now while the early bird special is in effect you can get Spice Up Your Health, Quick & Handy Home Remedies and Recipes & Remedies at a savings of more than $10 when you purchase all three books. Don”t forget the code spice20 when you checkout our Spice book. Quick & Handy and Recipes & Remedies already have the discount baked in when you buy them in tandem.

Instead of “pumpkin spice,” why not spice up your fall season with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…and a whole lot more!

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  1. Don

    I started taking turmeric curcumin 500 mg capsules and after several days I started having diarrhea, I stopped the capsules and diarrhea stopped. I take 20 mg statin drug, low dose aspirin and Irbesartin 150 mg tabs, also one a day vitamins. Would stopping vitamins and low dose aspirin allow me to start the turmeric curcumin without having problems?

  2. Carol K

    I tried some McCormick brand turmeric, 1/2 tsp. in a cup of hot water (like a mild tea). Within a few minutes of starting to drink it, I got a very bad reaction. Felt lightheaded, very warm, nauseous, and had heart palpitations. I’m afraid to try it again. I don’t know why this happened.

  3. PattyPR

    The problem with spices these days is that many are preserved after harvest with sulfites. I am allergic and get hives after eating many spices, but recently found that common thread. The companies that bottle the spices are usually not the ones adding the sulfites, and may not even be aware that they are being added right after harvest. I buy a high quality garlic powder from a spice company that has been in business for decades. When asked if sulfites have been added, they say no, but their garlic powder always gives me hives whereas some other brands and fresh garlic do not.

    As far as cinnamon, Korjinte cinnamon did not give me hives, but all others did. Now I’m not so sure it’s the form of cinnamon that matters or the treatment after harvesting – as far as hives go.

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