I first heard about this tea from a patron of Affogato, one of the coffee houses for whom I custom blend. The exact words of this patron were, “You HAVE to get this in!” So I did. It has been one of the best additions to my tea line.
For those unfamiliar with this tea, let me enlighten you. Apparent by the number of Indian people who walk up to me and say, “My so and so back in India eats these leaves everyday and they are very healthy”, it is a fantastic drink. I’m sure the healthy part comes from their overall lifestyle not just the leaves of Tulsi, however, I do think Tulsi as part of their complete package contributes to their health.
Tulsi is a type of basil. In searching the internet under just the term “basil”, Tulsi is tucked nicely between Genovese and Dark Opal and is unassuming. However, as you dig a little deeper into this plant, you find a world of health benefits and a delicious tasting tea!
One common ailments that Tulsi is known for helping is digestion and all that goes with it. Tulsi can help with headaches and mouth sores, as well as ailments that are indicitive of a common cold, sore throat, chest congestion and coughs. It has been used along with saffron to hold off the development of chicken pox. All of these remedies usually need additional herbs for them to work properly. Check out this website in which it lists some GREAT remedies using Tulsi Tea!
Tulsi Tea has a great sweet and spicy flavor. It really does taste like basil, which even if you are an avid tea drinker may sound strange. I’ve sampled this out to many different people. Some LOVE it the minute it touches their lips. Others it takes a glass or two until they come to enjoy not only the taste, but also how it makes them feel. Tulsi has been used for meditation purposes and truthfully I can say when I drink it, I feel extremely calm.
The same aforementioned gentleman from Affogato has been purchasing the Tulsi Ginger tea from me and making it iced. He says it is out of this world delicious. I like most of my tea hot, but this is one iced tea I have to try before the hot weather completely escapes us.
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