Give the gift of holy basil tea to warm up autumn’s chill.
Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is believed to have medicinal properties that could aid in treating the common cold, inflammation, digestive issues, and numerous other conditions. In the holistic health community, it has received significant attention for its stress-reducing benefits, as well.
Although holy basil can be used in cooking, the unique flavor is best enjoyed when the leaves are dried and steeped into an herbal infusion. We’re making holy basil tea sachets to give as gifts this fall. For tips on drying herbs, visit Herbs: Tips for Preserving.
- 1 tsp. dried holy basil leaves per sachet
- Empty tea sachets (You can find these at a tea store or gourmet grocery store) or a small, glass jar
- Fill empty sachets or jars with dried holy basil leaves. Pull string taught to secure tea leaves inside sachet or secure lid on jars. Each should have about 1–2 teaspoons of dried holy basil.
- To make the tea, steep 1 teaspoon of dried leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for about 5 minutes. Try mixing in lemon juice, cardamon, honey, ginger, cinnamon, milk, or pepper to create your own special tulsi tea blend.
We’d love to see how creative you get with your holy basil tea gifts. Hashtag your creations with #botanicalinterests on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.