Fresh Tulsi Tea aka Holy Basil, will help you to find your inner peace and balance. This tea assists you in centering your mind by keeping it clear and focused on your tasks ahead.
Get the instructions on how to make tulsi tea further below. You can make tulsi tea with fresh leaves or dried leaves. Also, choose to have the holy basil tea hot or as an iced tea!
Besides you can choose to make this tea by including more ingredients to prepare a detox tea, just the way I did here with the herbal tea mixture.
What is Tulsi?
You might have heard of Tulsi before. Tulsi is also called Holy Basil as is related to the common Italian Basil and the Thai Basil. There are countless basil varieties in this world, holy basil/tulsi is just another one.
The Tulsi plant grows into a shrub which emits a refreshing aroma. It’s supposed to keep mosquitoes away as well.
There are about 4 Tulsi varieties out there. Each differs mostly from the looks, some being more green others more purple besides the obvious taste difference.
- Rama Tulsi
- Vana Tulsi
- Krishna Tulsi
- Shyam Tulsi
The most common Tulsi variation is Rama Tulsi, those are bright green (as seen in the pictures)
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.
Tulsi has been getting around in the world and these days you can buy and grow tulsi in any climate. Tulsi plants love a lot of sunlight and water.
A friend, who usually comes at least once a year to visit me, 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. Tulsi is considered to be one of the holiest plants in India (where the plant originates) and makes a well known ayurvedic herbal plant.
Tulsi/Holy Basil health benefits
One thing is crystal clear, tulsi is a super healthy herb! When taken in as a 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 soothe painful urination
- Insect bites – Poultice of fresh leaves and roots reduces the itching and irritating swelling (especially when combined with neem oil)
Tulsi Herbal Tea
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 this tulsi tea. You can add sugar too if you want. Just cool that tea and store it in a fridge and you have an iced tea. I use the same concept to prepare my fresh lemongrass tea or the mango iced tea.
Tulsi variations for you to try. Just add these ingredients to the recipe below (in small doses!), mix and match yourself.
- Ginger (energizes)
- Licorice roots (great when you have a cold to boost immunity or help you breath)
- White Tea (instead of green or black tea, has more antioxidants)
- Chamomile flowers (relaxes your body and mind)
- to your Chai milk blend (follow the chai recipe and just add the tulsi leaves)
- Lemon/Lime Juice (Vitamin C)
- Moringa leaves
Fresh Tulsi Tea instructions below:
Tulsi Ice Tea
- Add the Water to a Pot with the Tulsi leaves and the tea leaves.
- Steep the herbs in water for 5-10 minutes.
- Strain, sweeten, enjoy.
- For Tulsi iced tea, let it cool. Serve with ice.
Dear reader, have you ever tried Tulsi Tea before?
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