If you would have asked me two years ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you anything about Tulsi tea. But after my first cup, I was sold and it became one of my favorite herbal teas.
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil is the most sacred herb of India. The plant was discovered over 5000 years ago and became an important icon in the Hindu culture, adored drinking in the mornings and evenings. Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy Basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location.
The scientific name of tulsi is Ocimum Tenuiflorum and the word Tulsi actually means ‘the incomparable plant’.
Did you know there are three main types of Tulsi; Krishna, Rama, and Vana. All varieties belong to the mint family and are cousins of sweet basil. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, licorice and/or lemon.
We offer the the Rama Tulsi.
Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its cooling and mellow flavor. The plant has green leaves, white-to-purplish blossoms, and green or purplish stems.
‘My leaves are sourced direct from Carmel Organics in Madhya Pradesh, India, where I’m grown with care for my natural surroundings. Here, the rich, loamy soil brings out my unique, refreshing Rama Tulsi flavour profile’.
It is an adaptogenic herb which means its non-toxic and has a normalizing effect on the body. In other words Holy Basil has the ability to help the body adapt to stress.
Here are a few more of the many health benefits:
- Reduce stress Get rid of headaches
- Weight loss Skin and hair benefits
- Digestive system benefits Dental and oral health
- Cardiovascular benefits Nervous system
- Reduce Fevers Diabetes
- Dissolve kidney stones Arthritis
Personally I like to drink the Tulsi in the mornings, it’s refreshing and gives me a great start of the day! On top of that I love drinking it as an iced tea as well. And to make it even better it’s awesome to cook with too, but I will leave that for another blog.
Farm to Table – Recipe Tulsi Iced Tea:
- 1 liter (or 4 cups of water)
- 1,5 to 2 tbs Tulsi
- Sweetener such as stevia, honey or sugar
- Fresh lemon
- Spice it up with other herbs like; ginger root, chamomile flower buds, pepper mint (green or white tea)
- Add the the water (100c) to a pot with the tea leaves
- Steep the herbs in the water for 4 – 10 min.
- Strain the tea
- Add sweetener of your choice (I never add a sweetener as I’m not a sweet tooth)
- Let it cool. Add Fresh lemon.
- Serve with ice during the hot summer days and enjoy.
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