If you’re looking for a relaxing, tasty blend that reduces stress while simultaneously improving things like intuition, then this Holy Basil herbal tea recipe is for you. It contains three members of the mint family, one of which is Holy Basil (sometimes referred to as Tulsi).
Holy Basil is a sacred plant in India, and it has been used and worshipped there for thousands of years. It is said to improve the health and function of the “third eye” chakra, but even if you aren’t into the “woo” factor – you’re still going to want to check this plant out.
What we do know for sure about Holy Basil is that it instills a sense of calm without affecting the clarity of thought. In fact, most people who consume it say that it actually improves their ability to focus and concentrate. Research has shown that Holy Basil may also help to reduce blood sugar in those who have type 2 diabetes.
What You’ll Need
- 3 TBSP dried Holy basil
- 3 TBSP dried Peppermint
- 3 TBSP Lemongrass
- This will give you roughly ten servings
How to Make It
Members of the mint family contain high amounts of volatile oils. Herbs like this require far less steeping time than when you are working with roots or nutritive herbs. Any herbs that are very fragrant typically fall into this class.
- Thoroughly mix all of the herbs together
- Measure out a heaping teaspoon of your blend
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
- Pour the hot water over your herbs
- Let steep for 5 minutes
- Strain and drink
When you’re working with fragrant herbs that require short steeping times, a “tea ball” can be particularly useful. These devices make the straining process much more manageable. You can also make your own tea bags to make the brewing process more convenient.