Although related to a more well-known Ocimum basilicum, the basil used in cooking, Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi in India, is a medicinal herb used to make teas and extracts, and it is known as the sacred plant in India. The Rama variety of the Holy Basil is a short, annual, heavily flowered plant originally introduced to the U.S as "Holy Basil". Because of its knowing cooling and mellow flavor, it makes a delicious tea.
Freshen up your day with this delicious Tulsi Ice Tea Recipe.
- 5 cups water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp dried Tulsi leaves (Holy Basil)
- 1 Tbsp Black tea leaves
- Sugar or Honey, Stevia
- Add the water to a pot with the Holy Basil 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.