10 Must-have Herbs and Spices in American Kitchens



Ginger has been widely used as a cooking spice since ancient times, but it's also been aiding people with illnesses for thousands of years, too. Ginger has been used to treat headaches, colds, menstrual cramps and flu-like symptoms. It's also used by many as a natural remedy for nausea and vomiting.

Ginger products are made from dried or fresh ginger root, and the mildly hot, bitingly sweet spice can be prepared as tea and added to a wide range of foods. Mix up a delicious ginger marinade for fish, chicken or vegetables, or add crystallized ginger to chocolate or shortbread to make a dessert that's both spicy and sweet.