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Summer Spices

Basil

There are more than 150 varieties of basil, and the easy-to-grow herb can be incorporated into meals for its cooling and flavorful effects, according to the Santa Barbara Independent. Some basil plants have a lemon flavor, and others have a hint of licorice or anise flavor. Basil can be grown at home, or it can be purchased at a local plant nursery. Basil leaves or dried basil can be found on the spice rack at a grocery store or food market.

Mint

Mint can remedy bad breath, and it can also serve as a cooling spice, especially in the dog days of summer, according to the Global Healing Center, an online natural health and organic living guide. Adding mint to a salad or beverage, such as tea or lemonade, can add that extra cooling effect to your taste buds. Mint can be easily grown at home in an herb garden, or it can be purchased at your local grocery store.

Cardamom

Adding cardamom to a smoothie or yogurt treat in the summertime may be delicious and refreshing in terms of beating the heat, according to the Global Healing Center. Also adding the spice to a tea or milk may enhance the flavor and cooling of these beverages. Cardamom is a spice that helps keep the digestive tract in good condition and it helps alleviate digestive pains.

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