Revered in India for over 5,000 years as an adaptogenic balm for body, mind and spirit, modern research suggests that tulsi may be effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver and lungs and may also help regulate blood pressure and blood sugar.
A soothing and healing decoction of holy basil, green tea, fresh ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg with fresh milk and a touch of raw honey.
Makes about 2 cups (adapted from a recipe in The Herb Companion)
1/2 cup fresh holy basil leaves, compacted or a scant 1/4 cup dried
2 cups cold, filtered water
2 rounded teaspoons green tea
2 green cardamom pods, crushed
one 1/4 inch-thick slice fresh ginger
one 2 inch length Ceylon cinnamon
2 whole cloves
honey to taste
milk to taste
Bring water to to a boil in a small saucepan. Add basil, cover and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in tea and spices, cover and steep 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, then pour through a fine-mesh strainer. Stir in milk and honey to suit and garnish with grated nutmeg and crystallized ginger. May be served warm or cold.