10 Must-have Herbs and Spices in American Kitchens



Sage, an ancient herb, has long been used for medicinal purposes due to its astringent and antiseptic properties. It can treat mouth irritations like a sore throat, and research shows that it can even help diabetics by lowering blood sugar.

Sage is often used in salves and lotions, treating skin ailments and helping to curb excessive perspiration. It can also treat and remove dandruff buildup when used as a hair rinse, and it's a common ingredient in many perfumes. Like rosemary, sage has a pungent smell, and its aroma is described as fresh and soothing. Due to its savory, minty taste, the herb is often used in sauces and seasonings for meat entrees like pork chops, chicken breasts and turkey, and it's a classic pairing with winter squash and pumpkin.