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8 Essential Herbs & Spices Every Kitchen Needs

Family cooks today are more aware than ever before of the possible health implications of subpar food.  Cooking at home is now making a comeback, and the comradery of having meals together is a great way to create quality time with your family.  

After all, the kitchen is the hub of fellowship in the home.  So much so, that real estate agents pay special attention to the kitchen when showing a property to possible homebuyers.  

Investing in your culinary knowledge will not only help build family connections, but cooking with natural ingredients is investing in you and your family’s health.  Here is a quick overview of a few of the most essential herbs and spices that should be present in every kitchen.  Look it over, and see how your spice cabinet compares.  


Some people are actually born to hate cilantro, as there is a genetic disposition to the distaste for the herb.  If you are in the population of those who love the popping flavor, go crazy.  Cilantro helps the body to eliminate harmful heavy metals.  


Basil’s main health benefits are its saturation of Vitamins A and K.  It is a lifesaving herb for those who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis, as CF patients have trouble sustaining the ADEK levels.  

Smoked Paprika

Smoked Paprika is great for adding a little kick to deviled eggs or the spice of a rich chilli.  You can purchase straight paprika, but the smoked version is a bit more flavorful. 

Garlic Powder

You can add garlic to almost any dinner dish.  Not only is it a very practical flavor booster, garlic is full of antioxidants, it is a natural antibiotic, and it repels mosquitoes.  


Cinnamon is nature’s healthy accent to all those tasty sweets we love so much.  Cinnamon has been proved to stave off blood sugar spikes after a meal full of carbs.  


Ginger is a super root that your kitchen cannot afford to lack.  The health benefits are insane.  Ginger is known for its ability to calm an upset stomach, treat stomach ulcers, and calm arthritis pain.  


Oregano is a great meal topper, but it too has potential health benefits.  Oregano has been found to fight against MRSA, norovirus, and Listeria.  Toss a pinch on top of your pizza for an added peppery taste and a kick against some nasty illnesses.  


Cumin just may be another spice that boosts your resting metabolism.  Its aromatic, slightly nutty flavor is a great complementary addition to a whole slew of dishes.  


Rosemary’s bold flavor is rich with antioxidants, and it has also shown proof that it can reduce carcinogenic compounds that form on some foods when cook at high temperatures.