Many of us know and love Tulsi for its incredible health benefits, and rich cultural heritage. But how do we get the very best out of our cup of Tulsi tea?
To make the perfect cup, I start with quality ingredients - I’m talking certified organic, premium quality, therapeutic grade herbs that have been sourced ethically. Naturally, I reach for the ORGANIC INDIA range of Tulsi or Holy Basil teas, and then I get that kettle filled with pure, filtered water, and put it on to boil.
There are two very important points to remember when brewing a cup of Tulsi:
- Pure, filtered water is as essential as high quality organic herbs. It isn’t just better for your body, it also makes the best tasting cup of tea!
- Boiling water is required to release the herbal compounds from the dry leaf.
Tulsi should brew in a vessel with a lid on it – either a teapot, a keep cup, a mug with lid, or even a cup with a saucer placed over the top. This is because the aromatic essential oil component of Tulsi, eugenol, contains many immune supporting compounds that are beneficial for the respiratory system, and will escape if the tea isn’t covered while it steeps.
A minimum 5-minute steep time is recommended (and longer for the wellness range of Tulsi teas – so refer to the box for specific directions). If I am using a teabag, I don’t actually take it out (although it can be removed after 5 minutes if you prefer). A fine strainer is required if using loose leaf Tulsi since the Tulsi leaf herb is quite fine. I usually leave my tea covered until it reaches a drinkable temperature.
The compounding effect of drinking high quality organic herbal tea regularly (i.e. daily) is not to be underestimated. This can become a powerful self-care ritual, especially if it is repeated several times each day. With a number of Tulsi tea blends and flavours to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding that perfect morning cuppa.
5 Tulsi Tea Blends You Should Try:
For an exotic start to your day, Tulsi Masala Chai is a total winner. Sweet and a little bit spicy, this delicious blend of freshly ground organic spices, premium Assam tea and Tulsi makes for a warming and comforting cup.
Inspire your senses with this delicate blend of Rama, Krishna and Vana Tulsi with Cinnamon, Cardamom and Cassia spices. With a touch of sweetness thanks to organic Rose Petal, this gentle infusion will warm you from the inside out.
For a simple, soothing and fragrant blend, you can’t go past Organic India’s Original Tulsi Tea. With organic Rama, Krishna and Vana Tulsi leaves, this beautiful full-bodied cuppa is the perfect way to start or end your day.
Soothe your mind and body with this ultimate blend of Tulsi leaves plus Moringa, Ashwagandha and Gotu Kola herbs. Alongside Tulsi, the calming effects of Ashwagandha and Gotu Kola make this the perfect infusion for those with busy minds.
Does your liver need a little love? Support your body’s natural detoxification processes with this organic blend of Tulsi, Turmeric and Ginger. With added powerful cleansing herbs including Andrographis and Phyllanthus, this herbal infusion works to support good liver and kidney health.
About the author:
Sarada is a naturopath, herbalist, yoga teacher, mum, nature-lover and free spirit from Byron Bay. As Team Leader for Organic India Australia & NZ, Sarada is passionate about healthy and conscious living.