Refreshing Tulsi Ice Tea will help you to stay cool this summer in the scorching heat. It’s super simple to make tulsi iced tea at home and a plus point is that it tastes great and it’s good for your health too.
Get the instructions on how to make tulsi ice tea further below, after a short explanation and some useful knowledge about the tulsi plant, aka Indian holy basil.
You might have heard of the Tulsi plant before and some of you know it better then any other herb in this world. Tulsi or Tulasi is also widely known as Holy Basil. The Indian Tulsi is a much stronger flavored and sweeter variation of the common “Italian” Basil. Perfect for making tulsi ice tea!
The Tulsi shrub emits a refreshing aroma which enthralls your senses in an instant. Yet the Tulsi has more plus points, including some health related advantages, in fact it’s not called holy basil for no reason. The benefits of Tulsi are numerous and it’s an essential herb in the Indian subcontinent.
We have a million Tulsi shrubs growing in our little garden patch. Ok maybe I am exaggerating but there are at least over 50 plants growing individually. The Tulsi plants like adequate sun and water.
I researched a lot about tulsi varieties over the years and for some reason there seem to be a huge confusion with the botanical tulsi names and the amount of different variations.
Ironically I bought a pack of seeds some few weeks ago with the name “Shyam Tulsi” on it. I planted them and they have grown in size as you can see on my instagram, but they are licorice in flavor and completely different in shape and color compared to the tulsi in this post. I can’t wait to make a tulsi ice tea with this new licorice shyam tulsi!
Also, we got some very red/magenta colored Tulsi from the field the other day and planted them in our garden. They turned green within days and there is no red coloring left. Articles on Google say that Shyam/Krishna Tulsi are red in color, which, if you just checked my instagram picture, will tell you that this is not the case at all.
Tulsi has been getting around in the world and these days you can buy tulsi in colder climates as well. My mother got a plant from the gardening store in Austria and they sold it under the simple name Basil. Basically, she had no clue that it was a Tulsi Basil plant but anyhow she liked the flavor for making tea of it. I suggest to make tulsi ice tea, which she will do this summer.
A friend, who usually comes at least once a year to visit us in Goa, was smitten by the vast amounts of green holy basil decorating our garden. She was excited by the freshness and sweetness around her and she proclaimed with her spiritual knowledge, that the tulsi plants protect the surrounding and help the garden to stay pure.
She is not the only one harboring this belief. In India Tulsi is considered to be one of the holiest plants. Hinduism teaches us that the herb is the incarnation of the deity Lakshmi. Therefore, having tulsi ice tea can be beneficial in so many ways!
One thing is crystal clear, the benefits of tulsi are copious! Tulsi has been used in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, which proofs again it’s importance in every humans life here. When taken in as a tea (or tulsi ice tea!), it can assist your health in different ways.
- Tulsi helps you to relax and cope with stress, it soothes your being.
- Tulsi promotes longevity due to the huge amount of included antioxidants in the plant
- Tulsi lowers blood sugar levels and is so suitable for Diabetic Type 2 patients
- Tulsi also decreases Cholesterol levels
Tulsi leaves are known to harbor antibacterial properties and hence the Holy Basil has proofed to cure ailments such as….
- common cold – clears excess mucus and helps in the healing process
- stomachache – soothes indigestion and works as a natural painkiller
- earaches – concentrated Tulsi juice may assist in the healing process
- urinary infection – The slimy Tulsi seeds are known to sooth painful urination
- Insect bites – Poultice of fresh leafs and roots reduces the itching and irritating swelling (especially when combined with neem oil)
The health benefits are just another reason to make this delicious cooling ice tea.
You might recall my Falooda drink, which I had made and posted here some years ago. Falooda is just another name for Basil Seeds and it is in the same time a famous Asian and Middle Eastern beverage. In the article I explained that one could turn those seeds in seconds into transparent tapioca like pearls.
The same applies for the Tulsi seeds but since Tulsi seeds are much smaller in size, they don’t produce that much of a transparent layer around the black seed core. You can use the Tusli seeds instead of common Basil seeds in cold beverages, such as the deliciously refreshing Falooda.
If you like herbal teas, then get a small Tulsi plant or Tulsi seeds to grow in a small pot at home. I think you can grow the holy basil in an apartment too if you keep it somewhere near adequate sunlight. It keeps the surrounding fresh and will lend your apartment a lovely sweet aroma.
You can use fresh or dried Tulsi leaves to make a tea. You can add sugar too if you want. Just cool that tea and store it in a fridge and you have a ice tea. When cold, serve the ice tea with ice cubes as a very refreshing summer beverage, especialy during the indian summer time!
Refreshing Tulsi Ice Tea – Indian Holy Basil Iced Tea instructions below:
- handful fresh Tulsi leafs or 1½ Tablespoon dried flaked Tulsi leafs
- 1 Teaspoon Black or Green Tea leafs
- Sugar or Honey to sweeten
- Bring the water to a boil and steep the herbs in water for 5-10 minutes. Strain, sweeten and let it cool a bit before keeping the tea in the fridge for further cooling. Serve with Ice enjoy.
More non alcoholic cooling beverages to enjoy Summer time, besides the tulsi ice tea:
- ABC Juice – Apple Beetroot Carrot
- Limonana – Lemon and Mint
- Grape, Red Cabbage and Mandarin Juice
- Fruity Coconut Juice
- Red Cooler
- Jambul berry Juice
- Carrot Appel Ginger Juice
Easy homemade syrups/cordials to make cooling drinks:
Dear reader, do you have a Tulsi plant and have you seen different Tulsi variations?
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