Healing Spices


Our kitchens are full of medicines. The herb and spice rack isn’t the first place most people look for remedies to sooth stomachaches or other minor discomforts, but it’s a good place to start.

The earliest healers used local plants to treat illness and maintain good health. Eventually these plants became cultivated for regular consumption and found their way into everyday foods. Now regarded simply as seasoning, the medicinal uses of culinary herbs and spices have been largely forgotten. 

Fortunately, Bharat B. Aggarwal's new book, Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices To Boost Health and Beat Disease, helps us remember.

This tome is a superb reference for all the herbs and spices that most will ever need. Aggarwal (with Debora Yost) discusses where they come from, how they can be used medicinally, how to select and store them, and how to cook with them.

Recipes are sprinkled throughout the book (I'm looking forward to making Coconut Meatballls with Peanut Sauce on page 101) and Part Three is dedicated to spice blends. Learn how to cook with flavors from France, China, North Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Discover how easy it is to make your own adobo without MSG and what differentiates a Thai curry from a Indian or Caribbean curry.

I received this book as an unexpected gift, but it's quickly become an indispensable part of my kitchen. Healing Spices is a must-have for cooks, foodies and health enthusiasts alike.

In New York City, hard-to-find spices are often found at Kalustyan's on Lexington Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets. While you're there, don't miss the urfa biber or freshly dried curry leaves.

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The World Health Organization recently reported that cell phones may be carcinogenic.

As part of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, 31 scientists from 14 countries reviewed of all the available scientific evidence and found that heavy cell phone use was associated with an increased risk of malignant brain tumors called gliomas.

In her newest book, Disconnect, Devra Davis investigates cell phones, radiofrequency radiation and the effects they have on our health.

This well-researched and well-written book is a must-read for users of wireless technology, parents and policy makers alike. It will change the way you think about what may be your most used device.


World Health Organization. IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans. International Agency for Research on Cancer. Press release #208, 31 May 2011.