Holy Basil and Ginger Tea – Heart & Mind Blend

by | Jan 5, 2018 | Herbal Teas, Recipes | 2 comments

This blend of  Holy Basil, also known as tulsi, and fresh ginger is said to sooth the mind of anxiety and bring peace.

That is why it referred to as the heart and mind blend. Both of these herbs are known for their strong medicinal properties. Holy basil and ginger have both been found to have anti-cancer fighting properties, anti-stress and anxiety relievers, aide balancing unlevel blood sugar levels, and boost the immune system.

These two powerhouse herbs together make a great blend of flavors that is savory with hints of spice from the ginger and the clove-like flavor of the holy basil.

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Ingredients :

Directions :

  • 2″ cut of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into even slices
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups of water (some will be lost in evaporation)
  • 8 to 10 Holy Basil Leaves
  • Optional honey or other sweeteners

Makes 2 servings

  1. Boil the water and ginger together for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the Holy basil leaves and continue to boil for 5 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and strain through a tea strainer 
  4. Add optional honey or sweeteners if desired
  5. Enjoy!

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About Herbs used in this Recipe


Holy Basil

Holy or Sacred Basil is a perennial type basil native to India. It ranges slightly in coloration from green to darker purple hints on green leaves. The flowers of this basil are very fragrant small pinkish to purple in colorization. The color variations do not impact the taste. They all carry similar anise-like flavors with hints of mint and a touch of pepper.

Rich in antioxidants, eugenol and other nutritionally rich compounds that have been found to aid many ailments in holistic and alternative medicine. With its strong anti-inflammatory properties, it has been used to protect and aid digestion. Some research has also been done into the potential cancer cell growth inhibiting properties displayed in this basil variety.

Holy basil has long been used by Hindu monks and considered sacred to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is used when conducting morning prayers to ensure well being of one’s spirit and family.

The adaptogenic properties of this herb have made it a staple for naturally reducing stress and the effects that stress takes on the body. Thought to increase natural resistance to stress-related diseases and anxiety.

 

Ginger

Ginger root has long been used in traditional cultures as an alternative remedy for many ailments. These include issues related to circulation, alleviating high blood pressure. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to help those who suffer from joint problems including arthritis.

Some recent research has even discovered that ginger was showing suppression in cancer cell growth.

The list of ailments it has been used to treat and found to benefit is vast. Like basil, it has been shown to aid in nervousness and stress relief. Gingers natural warming taste has been soothing throat and bronchial irritations for millenniums.

 

Below I have attached a video discussing even more medicinal properties of these herbs featured in this recipe.

Benefits

You can learn more about the benefits of holy basil for anxiety and 6 other health perks through this video by Dr. Josh Axe, from Ancient Medicine Today. These Include Aids Anxiety, helps Adrenal fatigue, aids hypothyroidism, reduces acne, helps in blood sugar regulation, and stress buster!

 

Soothing Cup of Tea 

I hope you have the opportunity to try this tea and other recipes on site. I find this to be a nice relaxing beverage to have any time of day.

Summertime comes and this goes well over ice on a hot summer day. On occasion, I will add a bit of mint for some added freshness and some hints of summer that it brings out. It balances nicely with the ginger and basil. It can also be added to your normal iced tea recipe to jazz it up with a fresh herbal kick.

Herbal teas are so versatile they serve as base and additives to teas and other beverages you already enjoy.

⇒ You may also be interested in how to grow basil indoors an article previously posted here on inside herb gardens to help get you started on growing your own basil indoors.

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Happy Gardening & Brewing!

christina hale

2 Comments

  1. Sylvia Harris

    Very soothing and inviting space, I shall be using your directory and reading a few other things on this page. Thank you for the recipe for the tea, I do have one question, how much tea will I make using 2 1/2 cups of water? I recently well 3 months ago started the using the different herbs to make tees instead of what you buy in the box. Totally different tastes, I love it. I want to buy some ginger I have cut the basil leaves, I’m going to enjoy this thank you.

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Sylvia,

      Great to have you here and happy that you are enjoying the site.

      You will get some evaporation from cooking but you should end up with 2 regular cups. If you are using a larger mug like I often do it can be a single serving. If you have extra it is nice chilled over ice as well later on.
      Herbs are an awesome way to flavor teas you already enjoy as well. I frequently add fresh herbs to green or black teas for a change in taste. One of my favorite combinations is green tea and chamomile. Simple and delicious, and so much better with the fresh herb.

      I will be adding more teas and other recipes soon! I hope you will enjoy them all and continue to enjoy the site.
      Christina

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