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Spotlight On Spices! Issue March-April 2013 - Carminatives Expel Gastro Gas
March 24, 2013

Happy April to you all! No, this is not an early April Fool’s joke; just an early arrival into your email box because I didn’t send out a March newsletter. Also, I wanted to get this one out in time for March Madness, here in the States. The madness is a great time to enjoy outstanding collegiate basketball. Top seeds are toppled by underdogs, and some of the on-court plays are mind-boggling. And, to cap off this maddening time is the myriad versions of chili, baked beans and other intestinal gas-causing foods being consumed in super-sized servings. With all this being said, we can get desired relief from stomach and intestinal gas naturally via this month’s …

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Carminatives Expel Gastro Gas!

Carminatives are agents that prevent or expel gas from the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines) so as to relieve flatulence.

Many people are quite familiar with over-the counter remedies for flatulence (Tums, Rolaids, Gas-Ease, etc.); however, folks are starting to learn more about the herbs and spices used naturally by earlier generations. Check out the following link to see a list of the more popular carminatives (e.g., Ajwain-Ajowan and Epazote) that you can incorporate into your dishes to lessen, or eliminate, the effects of gas build-up. At the second link you’ll be able to peruse a list of herbs and spices that will help ease digestion. March off to the madness, and spring into April!

Spice and Herb Carminatives for Flatulence

Spices and Herbs for Digestion


April is the Month for:

National Pecan Month

National Soft Pretzel Month

National Soy Foods Month

National Florida Tomato Month (Learn to grow your own - see link near bottom of page)

Some of our favorite food days remaining in March are:

March 24 National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

March 25 National Lobster Newburg Day

March 26 National Waffle Day

March 27 National Spanish Paella Day

March 29 National Hot Cross Bun Day (Good Friday)

March 31 National Glazed Ham Day (Easter)

March 31 National Clams on the Half Shell Day

And, some of our favorite food days in the month of April include:

April 1 National Sourdough Bread Day

April 2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 3 National Chocolate Mousse Day

April 11 National Cheese Fondue Day

April 12 National Licorice Day

April 14 National Pecan Day

April 16 National Eggs Benedict Day

April 18 National Animal Crackers Day

April 19 National Garlic Day

April 20 National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day

April 22 National Jelly Bean Day

April 26 National Pretzel Day

April 27 National Prime Rib Day

April 28 National Blueberry Pie Day


Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

Food ALERT! Widget


Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

Bottle Store - -

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


Online Labels -

Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -

Check out our website that's All About Sweet Potatoes

How to Grow Potatoes

April May be National Florida Tomato Month, But Learn How to Grow Your Own ...

growing tomatoes


Tell us what you would love to see in our monthly eZine. We want to keep this publication fresh and relevant. We want to put a spotlight on the herbs and spices that are of the most interest to you.

Use our Contact Form to give us constructive feedback or ask questions. Thank you!

Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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