The Simple Uses of Herbal Teas and Indian Spices, a book by Devika Primic

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The Author

A fellow hubber here on Hubpages has written an interesting and informative book, The Simple Uses of Herbal Teas and Indian Spices, which I have read. But, before getting into the book, I want to talk a bit about the author of this book, Devika Primic aka DDE.

Devika has such an interesting story to tell. As you will read on her profile page here on Hubpages, Devika is Indian by birth but born in the Republic of South Africa. Today, she lives in Dubrovnik, Croatia with her husband and loves her lovely and peaceful life there.

She speaks four languages: English, Afrikaans (S. Africa) Zulu (Africa) and Croatian. She is the third generation Indian born in S. Africa.

She writes content articles here on Hubpages and has done so for several years. I have always been interested in her articles because she is straightforward and positive in all she says. She has an upbeat attitude toward life that I love.

This published author has been challenged throughout her life by certain life experiences, which she has learned from, and they have given her the strength to move forward in life.

Throughout her life, Devika has adapted to new cultures and life in several different countries. But, in her heart she is always Indian. She says that writing has opened her mind to new and exciting experiences.

Many of her Hubpages articles are self-help content articles that inspire her readers to achieve whatever they dream. She does this by writing inspiring and positive subjects, topics and essays she writes here on Hubpages.

From reading her articles you see that Devika is beautiful through and through and this shines through in her writing.

What I like about Devika's articles and writing is that she does not hesitate to share her experiences in life with us and tries to help others by writing of her own experiences. Her openness to new situations and in sharing those experiences makes her writing unique. Her message basically is 'if I can do it so can you.' Her inspiration shines through all her writing.

Now, Devika, has taken her writing one step further in publishing her book on Amazon in hardback and ebook. I easily downloaded her book and read it on my Kindle and I now want to share my thoughts of her book with you.

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Ajowan | Source
Zedoary
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Eldeberries, used to ward of the flu, and used in eldeberry wine - that will fix what ails you!
Eldeberries, used to ward of the flu, and used in eldeberry wine - that will fix what ails you! | Source

The book

Devika knows of what she writes about in The Simple uses of Herbal Teas and Indian Spices. She has written several hubs on this topic and finally she decided, why not write a book on the topic? So she did. Her book is well researched.

In an age where doctors throw a pill at us for every ailment we may have, Devika educates us on what healthy and herbal alternatives we have to drugs and what the pharmaceutical companies push. And, there are many alternatives she writes about. All of them are included in her book.

What she writes is an interesting and comprehensive guide to herbs, teas, and spices and her information is presented in alphabetical order for easy reference. She also includes illustrations of the different herbs, spices and teas which are so helpful to the reader.

Although she writes about dozens of herbs, spices, and teas from A to Z: Ajowan to Zedoary; the book is never boring. Her writing is concise yet descriptive and interesting and full of tips of both the benefits of and any side effects that can be experienced by them. She warns when certain herbs should not be used and under what circumstances.

She also writes with a good sense of humor. Her knowledge of her subject is outstanding and I, for one, am glad she shares this knowledge with us in this book.

She writes in a friendly tone and her style of writing is easy to read and follow. She has written this with such ease and her words flow smoothly. Devika's pleasing personality comes through in her writing and I found this book to be a fascinating read.

Besides educating us on the different herbs, spices and teas, she also clears up the differences between Green and Black Teas, something I didn't know all of and I found very interesting and informative. She includes the Top Cures from Around the World, The Best Traditional Medicine, Benefits of Korean Red Ginseng, and The Best Beauty Secrets from Around the World.

Ok, ladies who doesn't need more tips on Best Beauty Secrets? I can always use some! And it is amazing which herbs, teas and spices help us with our inner and outer beauty.

There is so much included in this book that I, for one, will be referencing and checking back to this from time to time. She takes the time to describe each herb, includes an illustration, and gives well rounded information on each one.

There are also some interesting and surprising uses for some of these herbs, spices, and teas.

Which herb enhances a woman's sexual enjoyment?

Which spice is an aphrodisiac?

Which herb is a symbol of love throughout Europe?

Which is the most sacred herb in all of India?

Which tea was used as an antiseptic in Listerine before antibiotics were used?

All these questions and more are answered in Devika's knowledgeable book. I highly recommend reading this guide to herbs, spices and teas.

Devika takes the life lessons she has learned over the years and along with her positive attitude, she has published a book that is informative, knowledgeable, helpful, and interesting, too. As she continues to grow, Devika is constantly taking on new challenges as attested by her new book.

Devika is a person who is beautiful both on the inside and out and her goodness shines through in this book.

And so, it is my pleasure to highly recommend to you Devika's book, The Simple Uses of Herbal Teas and Indian Spices!

Inca peanuts.  Learn about them in Devika's new book.
Inca peanuts. Learn about them in Devika's new book. | Source

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

A very nice and informative tribute about DDE and review about her fabulous new book! :)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you, Linda. I found her book very interesting with a lot of information you don't always find elsewhere. Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very nice of you to do a review of this book. She is, indeed, a very interesting woman with a great story to tell. Well done, Suzette.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Congrats to Devika. Suzette, you've done a great review on the book, coincidentally, I'm about to post my next article on medicinal herbs, beginning with rosemary, probably in the morning. Devika is indeed an incredible woman, I wish her all the best with the book.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A great introduction to Devika and a great review about her book.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi suzettenaples you are amazing person! You certainly surprised me with such a great review. Thank you very much for sharing so much about me and my informative book.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

What a great tribute to Devika and an informative review of her book!

The book must be wonderful, as she has a distinct style of writing.

A special appreciation to you Suzette, for writing this hub.

Thank you!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A wonderful review on a very talented writer. Great hub Suzette and voted up.

Eddy.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Bill: Thanks for your kind words. Devika contacted me and asked me to write this to give her more exposure. I also wrote a review on Amazon and when I did guess who's book popped up under hers? "Resurrecting Tobias." So, I wrote a review of your book too. It is on Amazon. This was my 'write a review' weekend! LOL! I have enjoyed reading both books. Devika is unique and so it was not hard to write about her and her book. I loved the book and I am very interested in herbs etc. as alternative methods of soothing the body. Good read.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you Jo, and I am glad you enjoyed reading this. I will be checking out your hub on medicinal herbs as I am quite interested in this topic. I also wrote a hub on beneficial herbs and spices. Rosemary is one of the best herbs to use in cooking etc because of all its benefits. I will be interested in reading your hub, as it comes from a health professional. Thanks so much for your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Vellur: Thank you so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. Devika has such good information in her book and I am serious when I say I will use it as a reference. Thanks so much for your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Devika: It was a pleasure to write this review because you are such an interesting person and so is your writing. As I said above, I am serious about having your book as a reference guide. I am interested in herbs etc. and your book is a gold mine of interesting information and facts. I learned about herbs I didn't even know about until reading your book. I wish you the best and I hope this helps with the sale of your books. It is easy to write one of these when your subject is so interesting.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Chitrangada: Thank you so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. This book is probably right up your alley as you are from India and probably would know about many of these herbs. etc. I learned a lot and learned about many herbs, teas etc. I have never heard of before. Thanks so much for your visit and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Eddy: Thanks so much for reading this. I appreciate your comments and your interest.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Suzette,

Sometimes, I think I must keep my head up in the clouds for I often do not know of news of fellow hubbers unless coming across a hub like this one. For example, I did not know DDE aka Devika (love that name) had published such a cool book. And, I can tell from reading her hubs, she is a lovely person as well. Thanks for the info and Thanks for being you.

Kim


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Kim: You are always so kind in your comments. I have been reading Devika's hubs for about a year now. I have always found her hubs interesting and I think she has lead such an interesting life. She really is a good example of someone who takes on new challenges and cultures and really has a positive, open mind. I really am serious when I say I will use her book as a reference guide. I am interested in alternative medicines and this guide is a great help. It has herbs etc. I have never even heard of before. I learn something new everyday here on HP. Thanks so much, as always, for your visit and your support. I appreciate your visits all the time.


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

Excellent review. I have lot's of herbs for teas, and it seems that there is a herb for every need. It is good that this knowledge is contained in one book.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for this excellent review on DDE's book, Suzette. I am going to buy this one for sure, because being South African myself, I know the Indians have an extra-ordinary talent when it comes to the use of spices and herbs. Their food, and especially their curried dishes, are absolutely delicious.

Devika, jy is 'n ster!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Hi Susette, I don't see the link to Devika's book in your hub. Here it is - http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Uses-Herbal-Indian-Sp...


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Colleen: Thank you for stopping by to read my hub. Yes, there are so many herbs etc that are great for medicinal purposes. They are quite the alternative to the drugs we are given. Thanks so much for your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Martie: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this and you and Devika are kindred souls, I think. Yes, the Indians are very knowledgeable about spices, herbs and teas and they use them daily as alternative medicines. She is quite knowledgeable about this. Until I wrote this I didn't realize she was born in S. Africa. Small world!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Martie: Well, duh! Aren't I something? I write the whole article and forget the link. Thank you so much!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Great read. A book review for one of our own here on Hubpages. That is fitting. Great to learn a bit about DDE and her book. Well done to everyone involved here.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you Mike. Devika asked me to review her book so I was pleased to do so. I found the book to be very interesting and she has a nice writing style. What is also nice about this book is that it is illustrated so the reader knows what the plant looks like. I find that very helpful. DDE has really lived an interesting and diverse life. Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I didn't realize the Devika wrote a book. Good for her. She does have an interesting story to tell.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

ologsinquito: Thanks so much for reading this. Yes, Devika has had an interesting life and her book is quite interesting. I have never known there were so many herbs, spices and teas in this world, but her book is comprehensive and covers so many of them. Her book makes a great reference guide. Thanks so much for your visit and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I think it is wonderful to know a fellow Hubber has written this book, and how great it is for you to review it.

I don't know much about herbal teas and spices, so I know I would enjoy reading her book.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

mary: If you don't know much about herbal teas and spices, then this is the book to read. It is quite comprehensive and she has great info and illustrations. I think you would enjoy reading it. Thanks for reading my review and I am glad you stopped by.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi,

I voted-up, awesome and Tweeted it. This is a book I have put on my Christmas list to buy myself---this year I will be my own Santa.

Thanks for writing this hub and I know I will love this book.

Bobbi Purvis


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thanks Suzette for this introduction to Devika - such a kind gesture on your part. I will be purchasing her book on Amazon. You're the best!


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jainismus 2 years ago from Pune, India

Thank you for sharing this information about the useful book.

I shared this hub with my followers.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Suzette, you have written a very insightful hub /review with regard to book published by Devika Primic, a very fantastic writer. I have been reading her great hubs with great interest, and I can say that her writing has a unique wonderful charm, exhibiting her straightforwardness and wisdom.

Devika, congrats on publication of your book, a fantastic bright tag on your achievements. What a lovely hub Suzette has created for you !


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Anil and Honey 2 years ago from Kerala

Nice, I am very interesting to know about the famous writer Devika primic. Thank you very much.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Thank you for letting us know about DD's book. I always enjoy her hubs as well. She is certainly open and honest and I'm sure her book is a pleasure to read. Based on this wonderful review I'm going to have to do just that.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Suzette...I appreciate that you have brought Deviksas book to our attention. It sounds like a book we can all find interesting and quite useful. I enjoy having information on all the many herbal teas.

You've done a wonderful job on this review.....UP++


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Bobbie: Thank you and I am so glad you found this hub helpful. I think you will enjoyed the book. it is a good reference guide. Thanks so much for reading this and for your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Audrey: Thank you for your kind words. I think you will enjoy this book as it is so comprehensive and is a great referenced guide. Thanks so much for reading and I am glad you found this book helpful.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

jainismus: thank you for sharing this with your followers. Devika has put together a great comprehensive review of herbs, teas and spices, especially those of India. I think you would enjoy her book.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Harishprasad: Thank you so much for reading this and for your comments. I see you enjoy Devika's hubs as much as I do. She does have a charming and engaging style of writing and it shines in this book. I think you would enjoy reading this. Thanks so much for your visit and enthusiasm for Devika's book.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Anil and Honey: Thank you so much for reading this and I am glad to introduce you to Devika. She has a charming personality and is shines forth in her book. I think you would enjoyed reading it. Thanks for your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Mary: Thank you so much for reading this hub and I am glad you enjoyed reading it. I think you would enjoy the book because it is comprehensive and a great reference guide. Thanks so much for stopping by to read.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

fpher: Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. Her book is very comprehensive and she covers a lot in her book. I found the book to be so helpful. Thanks for your visit and comments. Most appreciated.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow, suzette, what a wonderful tribute to DDE and her new book. What fabulous news. I am so glad she asked to write this for her and has allowed you to share links to her hubs for more exposure. She certainly knows a lot about herbs. One time, I read one of her wonderful and interesting hubs on herbs and wanted to link it to a hub of mine on herbs, as I also had linked one of your wonderful hubs on herbs and Jackie's too, and was surprised that she did not want that exposure, and so, of course, I respected her wishes. I am glad she now open to that exposure from you by allowing you to so this wonderful tribute and link her hubs. I think being supportive of other writers here on HP is truly what it is all about in this wonderful community of writers.

Blessings always and to DDE and success with her wonderful book to bless many


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Faith: Her book is very good and a great reference guide for me. I am into herbal and holistic medicines rather than taking these drugs with all the side effects. I especially do a lot with teas, green, oolong and chamomile. They really work well for me. I am mostly a coffee drinker in the morning, but I am now taking a cup of decaf tea before bed and it is doing wonders to help me sleep and is working on inflammation. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this. Devika has written about four other books that I wasn't even aware of when I wrote this hub. I think, like me, she is a bit shy about touting herself and getting her names and books out there. Sometimes it is easier for someone else to write an article than to write about ourselves. thanks so much for your support and I'm glad you like the book.


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StayPos 23 months ago from Florida, USA

Suzette,

Thanks for sharing your discovery of a wonderful writer here on Hubpages! You're insight and analysis of her book content is quite beneficial for anyone considering herbal teas. Her book is terrific!

It's great to see accomplished writers on Hubpages supporting other accomplished writers. It reminds us of why we all started sharing here in the first place. Voted Up and Awesome!


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

StayPos: Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad your enjoyed it. Devika's book is a good one and very interesting. It is a great reference guide for the different herbs, spices and teas she writes about. I do, wholeheartedy support her book and she is quite an accomplished writer here on HP. Thanks for your visit and I am glad you enjoyed her book also.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful review for the lovely Devika's book Suzette. She us obviously very knowledgeable in regard to teas, herbs and spices and I knew she was planning on writing this book. It sounds great. Remind me if I ever write a book to get you to read and review it too, well done. Voted up.


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM Author

John : I hope your read Devika's book. She really did a great job on this book. She has written several books on spices and herbs and one on medieval times. She really has quite a book publishing situation going on. When you write your novel, I will be only too glad t review it. I love writing book reviews.


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

I never thought I would see one hubber reviewing the book of another. A clever, good idea on your part.


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM Author

poetry: Yes, I have written reviews of hubber's books. I love writing them and helping out others. Thanks so much for your visit.


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida

How nice of you to share her book with us. I am sure it is filled with much information we will want to know.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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Suzanne Day 19 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Congratulations to Devika and I just know her book on herbal teas and Indian spices will be great! Voted awesome.


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suzettenaples 19 months ago from Taos, NM Author

pstraubie: Yes, this is an excellent guide to herbs and spices and Devika did a nice job on this e-book. She even has photos so you know what the herb or spice looks like. I highly recommend it.


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suzettenaples 19 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Suzanne: Yes, Devika did a great job on this book and it is a great reference. I enjoyed reading it and I have gone back a few times to read more. She included photos and that helps a lot. She really is knowledgeable in this area.

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