7 Herbs and Spices to Have in Your Kitchen All The Time

Herbs and spices donít just add flavor to meals, they can improve your health and help you maintain healthy weight.

The truth is cooking with herbs and spices can be overwhelming, especially if youíre only used to adding salt and pepper to meals. But if you start small, you’ll soon realize the potential for depth and flavor in dishes these simple spices carry.

Below are the best herbs and spices to keep in your kitchen all the time.

1. Cardamom

If youíre craving something sweet and spicy this is the perfect spice to use. Most people agree that cardamom tastes best when itís freshly ground. But if you canít access it, cardamom powder will work just fine.

You can add it to main meals, coffee, smoothies, tea and so on.

Related: Health Benefits of Cardamom

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is widely used due to its numerous health benefits. Studies show it can regulate blood sugar, improve insulin sensitivity and enhance weight loss.

The best thing about cinnamon is you can add it to almost every meal. You can sprinkle it on fruits, main meals, broth, teas and coffee.

If youíve never used cinnamon before, sprinkle small quantities (half a teaspoon) until you get used to it.

3. Turmeric

Youíve probably heard the many benefits of this Indian spice. According to research, it fights inflammation and lowers risk of diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.

Add turmeric to your soups and stew to give them extra color. You can also add it to smoothies, roasted veggies and main dishes.

Related: How to Grow Your Own Turmeric

4. Saffron

Research shows that saffron extract improves mood and relieves symptoms of depression. In one study, women who took saffron capsules experienced reduced symptoms of depression compared to those who didnít take saffron.

Note that saffron is one of the most expensive spices. Luckily, one pinch can add flavor to your meal. Avoid buying powdered saffron since some companies mix with it other spices.

5. Ginger

Ginger has many healing properties, thanks to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It treats digestive problems, morning sickness and nausea.

Use it to add flavor to sweet and savory dishes. Feel free to add it to smoothies, salads and tea.

6. Cayenne pepper

You definitely want to keep this spice in your kitchen, especially if you want to lose weight. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a compound that boosts metabolism and enhances fat burning.

You can add it in almost every meal including, soups, scrambled eggs, nuts and roasted veggies, just to mention a few.

7. Cumin

Use cumin if you want to add smokiness to meals. In fact, cumin can help you lose weight. This study found that overweight women who ate one teaspoon of cumin every day for 3 months lost 3 times more body fat and 3 more pounds compared to participants who didnít eat it.

Feel free to add cumin to broth, tacos, hummus and so on.

Which herbs and spices do you keep in your kitchen?


Marie W
Marie W17 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

Mike R
Mike R6 months ago


Anne G
Anne G6 months ago

Got 'em all and use them almost daily. Thanks for the article.

Trish K
Trish K6 months ago

So like, who can afford to keep Saffron in the kitchen ?

Cathy B
Cathy B6 months ago

Thank you for posting.

Naomi R
Naomi R6 months ago

I think the type of spices we keep on hand is based on what kind of cooking our family enjoys. Some of these I would never use!!

Winn A
Winn A6 months ago


Leo C
Leo C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Donna T
Donna T6 months ago

thank you

Chrissie R
Chrissie R6 months ago

I have all of these in my pantry, but have you ever priced saffron? $$$$$ I use it very sparingly and use turmeric as a less expensive substitute.