Runny noses, sneezing, and itchy throats are in full swing at our house. Spring has officially arrived. The trees are now in bloom, trying to pollinate everything including noses and eyes. It’s times like these where an effective homemade tea becomes the perfect remedy.
So instead of popping pills to combat the issue, you know I’ve been over here trying to create a natural elixir to keep you all well and back to feeling functional again! And the answer I have is Tulsi tea and Vitamin C. Not only is this combination effective in reducing allergy symptoms, but it is also beneficial for stress relief, energy, and digestion. An all-in-one elixir, if you will.
I discovered Tulsi tea several months ago when my husband and I were in Dallas, Texas, enjoying a weekend to ourselves. We stopped in at True Food Kitchen for lunch and the waiter recommended their Tulsi tea. It has been one of our favorite teas ever since. Being an early adopter of all things health food related, I bought like six boxes of the stuff on Amazon so I can ward off these allergies for good!
Benefits of Tulsi Tea
Tulsi is an herbal tea and a member of the basil family. It has been used for over 5,000 years in India to treat a wide array of diseases. Not only has it been in use for an insanely lengthy amount of time, but there is now scientific proof that it contains many healing properties (source). This includes anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, and anti-allergen properties. Tulsi is affectionately referred to as “Holy Basil” by India natives and is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine.
So if you’re desperate to find that extra boost of healing for sickness, allergies, or infection, this tea may just be your answer! In any case, it makes for the most enjoyable beverage to get through the day.
- 1 Tulsi tea bag
- 8 ounces boiling water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or juice of ½ lemon)
- 1 tablespoon honey (preferably from a local source)
- Add lemon juice and honey to a mug, then pour in the boiling water.
- Stir to dissolve the honey.
- Add Tulsi tea bag and let steep for 3-5 minutes.
- Drink hot or cold.
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