... aaahhhh February,
the month of Love!
We hope that you and your special Valentine have
a wonderful celebration of this very special time!
... and what a perfect time to think
"Watkins"!! With all of our unique and special gift ideas, the heart
you love most will be sure to beat a little faster with a little
help from good old J.R. Watkins! Pamper each other with an extra
special dinner made even more delicious with Watkins gourmet spices,
seasonings and condiments - and then pamper each other a little more with
Watkins Vanilla personal care products - scented with real Watkins
Vanilla! We guarantee a Valentine's Day to
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The 'Comeback' Phenomenon!
On January 19, 2006, the
Philadelphia Enquirer published an article that states, "In the last 20 years or so, Americans have doubled their
spice consumption from two to four pounds a person - and the trend appears
nowhere near slowing."
This is no
surprise to us at Watkins where we have won Gold Medals for our spice and
herb preparations. Spices have been valuable for centuries and were
highly coveted riches of Kings and Rulers. At Watkins we guarantee
that the quality of our spices and herbs will be the best you've tasted - and we search
the world over to ensure the best crops from the most desirable regions
are what make it to your table - free of 'fillers' and processed
to ensure the maximum amount of essential oil possible.
The article goes on to state:
For eon's, all people had to rely on as "medicine"
was what they had available - herbs and plants. These ancient
traditions were passed down from generation to generation and the
knowledge was continually built on as people discovered more and more benefits. When large pharmeceutical companies
took over that place in medicine, many of the old traditions were
"pooh-poohed" as antiquated and outdated. Today, with so many warnings
being placed on drugs that we have come to trust and new ones that claimed
to be the best thing since sliced bread, many people are again looking to
the old ways of thinking that got us this far. Here are a few
examples of how spices can act as "medicine":
"And it's not just in the
Philadelphia region. Last year, the Smithsonian Institution added a spice component
to its 39th annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall. And
the Culinary Institute of America convened 600 chefs and foodies
at its Napa Valley campus last November for its eighth annual Worlds of
Flavor conference, with three days of seminars dedicated to spices and
seasonings. A fascination with foods from far corners of the
world has played out on food shows, in glossy food magazines, and in restaurants
from haute cuisine to fast-food taco joints. That's how Herta Ginsburgs of
the Spice Corner in the Italian Market explains the surge.
"Ten years ago people were buying mostly basics - oregano, thyme, basil,
parsley and pepper with some curry and mustards. "Now they are buying a lot of curry, a lot of cumin and coriander. And cardamom, a spice
that we used to sit on for a long time - now I can hardly keep up
with the demand." As ethnic groups have increasingly permeated
America's cities and suburbs, they have introduced their cuisines and
their spices in neighborhood restaurants. "American tastes have
changed incredibly," says Ann Wilder, founder and president of Vanns
Spices Ltd., the Baltimore-based firm that many in the food business
rate as the country's best source of quality spices. I can
remember when Americans ate only basics like standing rib roast or
lamb." Now more and more people are eating Thai, Indian, and
Vietnamese food, to name just a few. Some consumers, she says, are
responding to the antioxidant and other perceived health benefits of
spices. Turmeric, for instance, is deemed a digestive aid and is
said to have antibacterial, antiviral properties. Also, many
people are using more spices and less salt for flavor. But Wilder
believes it's the taste for ethnic cuisine that has triggered the
explosion in sales of less familiar
Since 1868, Watkins has been offering the
health benefits of herbs and spices - our very first product, Red
Liniment, is formulated with Capsicum which comes from hot peppers.
Now it seems that our 138 years of research and experience is paying off
... again! Watkins spices and herbs are the best you'll find in the
jar for cooking ... and in our remedies and supplements, too! When
you visit our online store, you'll want to spend some time in our
"Medicine Chest" and discover all the ways that Watkins has put our
knowledge to work for you - so you don't have to spend years learning and
compiling all the information that we have - you can simply choose the
remedy or supplement you desire and KNOW that the formula has been
painstakingly researched and prepared to be the best!
pepper can increase metabolism and fat-burning ability by up to
- Ginger speeds metabolic rate, plus it
inhibits nausea and vomiting often caused by morning sickness or motion
- Peppermint is used to treat gastric and
digestive disorders, as well as tension and insomnia.
- Mustard is a stimulant that can be used to
relieve respiratory complaints.
- Horseradish is a relative of the mustard
family that acts as a digestive stimulant.
- Cinnamon is often used as an antidote for
diarrhea and stomach upset as well as a metabolism booster.
- Allspice is an aromatic stimulant that helps
to relieve indigestion and gas.
- Garlic - Regular consumption of garlic can
decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also aids digestion
and prevents flatulence. Recent research shows garlic to be beneficial
in the treatment of diabetes.
- Turmeric is an antioxidant that
neutralizes free radicals and therefore protects against cancer.
can review complete ingredient lists for ALL of Watkins remedies and
supplements in our online store - and you'll want to be sure to check out
all the information that we have right here for you to draw on as
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Fast Food Facts!
- 1/4 tsp of ground Sage
added to a cup of water can help to relieve chest congestion.
- Instead of heavy
cream, use evaporated skim milk. It can even be whipped
like cream when allowed to chill in the freezer until ice crystals form
lightly around the edge. Beat with an electric mixer until soft
peaks form; sweeten to taste and serve immediately.
- The vast majority of calories in
grains comes from complex carbohydrates, which should
make up about two-thirds of your daily caloric intake. Grains are
also excellent low-fat sources of protein, and supply B-vitamins and
minerals. Whole grains are rich in insoluble fiber (the kind that
promotes a healthy intestinal tract), and all grains are good sources of
soluble fiber (the kind that lowers cholesterol).
- Over time, honey
can help to relieve the symptoms of asthma and bronchial conditions.
- Don't store
potatoes near apples or eggs - they could alter the
- Strawberries can destroy
many common infectious agents, including the herpes simplex virus.
Because of the high level of pectin (thanks to its deep red colour) they
will also help to reduce blood cholesterol! In a cancer research
study, strawberries capped a list of eight foods most likely to lower
rates of cancer deaths - those eating strawberries were 3 times less
likely to develop cancer than those who ate little or no strawberries!
- Tea (black or
green) has been shown to reduce cavities, destroy bacteria and viruses,
lower blood pressure, strengthen capillaries, help to prevent cancer in
animals, and retard atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)!
- Tomatoes have
been shown to lower the risk of cancer and help to prevent appendicitis!
- Do you suffer from
insomnia? Try reaching for the sugar or
honey! Milk does not put you to sleep, but just the opposite - it
wakes you up!
Did You Know ...
Wouldn't a "winter getaway" be lovely right now?
Watkins offers an income opportunity
could enable you to start planning your next trip
... all expenses paid!
& Psoriasis Alert!
Recently the US Food & Drug Administration
announced that they have ordered warning labels to be added to two popular
cream medications that treat eczema and psoriasis stating that prolonged
use of the product could lead to cancer.
So what is a person
to do - Itch and scratch and suffer - or risk getting
Thankfully, NEITHER! Watkins to
For centuries, Red
Clover has been used to treat and relieve the symptoms of these
conditions as well as a multitude of skin irritations - from cradle cap to
diaper rash to very dry skin - with NO harmful side effects! Simply
apply a thin layer of salve on the affected area 2-3 times a day to
relieve the itchiness, dryness and redness that goes along with these
You can always trust
Watkins to have the answers you
Facts, Tips &
Ideas to Save You Money!
TRUE! Ounce for ounce, Watkins saves you money! Since 1868, J. R.
Watkins' mission was to bring the highest quality products and ingredients
to his valued customers at the lowest price possible without compromising
the integrity of the quality - and that mission stands true to this day.
After all, we're not good because we're old ... we're old because we're
- Watkins Vanilla Body Bar is French-milled which means that it will last about twice as long
as a regular bar of soap! And with its scent coming from real Watkins Vanilla, your bath will
be so relaxing and soothing - just like at a spa!!
- Watkins Peppermint Foot Scrub has the pumice formulated right
into the cleanser, so each time you use it, you will be exfoliating, cleansing and softening all at once! Imagine the time and money you can save on pedicures!
- Watkins Premium Room Fresheners
are made with real natural essences and oils so they will
not only freshen your room, but will actually act like true aromatherapy to create the mood you desire -
warm and cozy with the scent of Cinnamon, and alive and energized with the fresh
scent of Citrus!
- Watkins Seasoning Blends all start with a base of pure, filler-free Watkins
spices and herbs. Not only will you be guaranteed perfect flavour every time, you will also get all the benefits of the concentration and high essential oil content that Watkins spices are famous for!
- Watkins Cooking Spray is one versatile spray! Not only does it
guarantee non-stick cooking, but its light buttery flavour makes it the
perfect complement to popcorn and healthy grilled cheese sandwiches,
PLUS you can use it to spray the tines of your snowblower to keep the snow
from sticking - and in the summer, spray the blades of
your lawn mower to keep the clippings from sticking!
- Watkins Harvest/Fruit & Veggie Complex gives you the benefits
of 43 different fruits and vegetables in every caplet! Now you can tell your Mom that, yes, you are getting your veggies!
- Watkins Waterless Hand Cleaner is super at cleaning grease, grime, paint and
dirt off your hands - and because of its 'creamy' formula (not gritty)
it does so much more! You can use it directly on clothing to
remove grease spots and stains (I once used it on a light yellow
skirt that got caught in the car door!), and you can even clean your
white leather athletic shoes, too - without worrying about
any 'yellowing' effect!
- Watkins Bathroom Cleaner Plus
works wonderfully to keep your toilet bowl clean and
fresh, but did you know that it can also be diluted into a spray
bottle to keep you whole bathroom clean, fresh and disinfected?
It's perfect for tubs, tiles, porcelain, grout and even fiberglass -
making it perfect for the trailer or camper thanks to its earth-friendly
components. And the real bonus will be the fresh 'cherry-almond'
fragrance that makes it actually pleasant to be around!
When you choose to shop in our Watkins Store, you
not only choose unique and high quality products to 'pamper' yourself and
your family with - you are also making a conscious money-saving choice
that will move your family ahead in many other ways.
After all, a penny (or dollar) saved
is one that is
still in YOUR pocket!
better than one earned because you pay no income tax on it!)
WATKINSDreaming of a Winter Getaway?
Eczema & Psoriasis Alert!
Facts, Tips & Ideas to Save You Money!
Delicious New Recipes from Watkins Kitchen!
Kid Fun - Finger Paints!
Your "Secret Ingredient"
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In the Issue:
- Crab Dip
- Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Nut Buttercream
- Valentine Dessert
- 'Healthy' Chocolate Mousse
- Setting That Special Valentine's Mood
to treat your family to a
scrumptious new dish!
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Give the Gift
That 'unique' person on your gift list
deserves a very special and unique gift! Think of Watkins
first! You'd be surprised how many occasion we can
provide the perfect gift idea for!
only have ONE Body!
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With over 137 years of experience in herbal
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Learn how your favourite Watkins Products and Supplements
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not so common ... ailments
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Fun for Kids from Watkins Kitchen!
best when made the same day you use them. They are perfect for a
rainy - or snowy - day project and a delightful and fun way to create
special home-made Valentines!
Utensils You Will Need
- Dry and liquid measuring
- Measuring spoons
- Medium saucepan
- Wooden mixing spoon
- Hot pad
- 4 (or more) plastic or paper
Ingredients You Will Need:
1/2 cup/125 ml cornstarch
- 3 tbsp/45 ml
- 2 cups/500 ml cold
- Food colouring
How To Make
Mix the cornstarch an sugar together in a medium
saucepan; mix well.
Add the water and mix a little more.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins
to boil and thicken. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Remove from
stove, and set pan on hot pad. Cool slightly.
Pour equal amounts into plastic
add a few drops of food colouring (a different colour for
each cup); mix well.
- Use your fingers to paint on heavy or glossy paper or special finger-painting paper.
How Do You Mix Colours?
Did you know that
you can make a million different colours, starting with just three - red,
blue, and yellow? These are called 'primary' colours. How do
you make different colours like orange, green and purple from these
primary colours? The following are some examples:
Orange: Use 2 drops of yellow and 1 drop of
red; mix well.
Green: Use 3 drops of
yellow and 1 drop of blue; mix well.
Purple: Use 3 drops of red and 1 drop of blue;
These are just a few examples, but you can try all kinds
of different combinations to come up with all kinds of exciting colours
- your imagination can create a rainbow of colour!
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