In Austin we have a wide variety of restaurants embracing seasonal organic, farm to table, and on the whole healthier and sustainable menus. One of my favorite restaurants is True Foods with an anti-inflammatory diet, focusing on great flavors, and takes popular trends in cuisine and pairs them with healthy living. I love their variety of fresh squeezed juices, tinctures, and healthy cocktails. I especially love their Ginger Tulsi Adaptogenic tea.
Enjoying this tea has become a daily ritual for me. The combination of flavors are divine and the health benefits of tulsi are amazing. Being an adaptogenic herb, tulsi contains anti-stress agents which help in soothing the nerves, fighting free radicals and regulating blood flow in the body. As a mom of two kids under the age of five, I’ve become a fan of adaptogenic herbs for their role in aiding and helping eliminate adrenal fatigue. At this time, there is not a ton of scientific data on adaptogenic herbs however their presence in Chinese and Eastern medicine has allotted them a positive reputation.
Tulsi tea taste great and offers stress relief, increased energy, and a boost to your natural immune system. For more than 5,000 years, Tulsi (Holy Basil) has been revered as one of the most sacred herbs in India, infused with restorative power. Tulsi has earned nicknames like “Holy Basil,” “Queen of Herbs” and “The Mother Medicine of Nature.” Perhaps it has something to do with the Hindu goddess Tulsi, for whom the herb is named. Hindus view her as a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi in the form of a plant bestowed with great spiritual powers. According to legend, no amount of gold could outweigh Krishna's power, but a single Tulsi leaf placed on the pan in loving devotion tilted that scale.
Next time you find yourself feeling exhausted or perhaps over stressed fix yourself a cup of Ginger Tulsi tea allowing the holy basil to works its magic.
1 Tulsi tea bag
8 ounces freshly boiling water
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon
1 tablespoon honey
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 10 minutes.
Squeeze tea bag