Tulasi Kashaya (Holy basil tea) step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
Food is medicine. It really is. And food that comes from the age-old Ayurveda heals you from within. One such medicinal drink is Tulasi kashaya or holy basil tea.
Tulasi or holy basil is an important aspect of Hindu culture. We all have the Tulasi plant at home. Tulsi has been used in Ayurveda for treating diseases. It is most commonly and widely used for home remedies. It not only relieves cough and cold, but it is also very beneficial for respiratory disorders, improving digestion, curing headaches, reduces stress, to name just a few.
Tulasi mixed with ginger, peppercorn, and honey is a magic potion that is a remedy for a lot of illnesses. With so many benefits, there is no better time than now to start making this magic drink and stay healthy.
This tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink, particularly during winter as it helps fight the common cold and flu. Another gentle and soothing drink you can try is Calendula tea which is made using calendula flowers.
Ingredients and associated benefits
Tulasi leaves: or holy basil leaves. They are different from sweet basil which is commonly used as a herb. Tulsi is considered one of the most beneficial herbs.
Ginger: Fresh ginger works best for this drink. If you don’t have access to it, use dried ginger. Ginger is commonly used to treat cough, flu-like symptoms, and nausea. It also helps aid digestion and inflammation.
Black pepper: Black pepper is very effective in treating cold and flu-like symptoms. It also aids digestion and improves skin health.
Honey: Honey is used to sweeten the drink. It is rich in antioxidants as well as associated with several other health benefits.
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Step by step instructions
1. Take Tulasi, ginger, and pepper in a mortar pestle
2. Crush them together
3. Add this mixture to boiling water and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes
4. Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 3-4 minutes
5. Strain into glass using a sieve. Add honey and mix well
- 15-20 leaves holy basil (Tulasi)
- ½ inch ginger
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1-2 teaspoon honey or as per taste
- 2½ glass water
- Take Tulasi, ginger, and pepper in a mortar pestle and crush them together
- Pour water in a saucepan and bring it to a rapid boil
- Add the Tulasi mixture and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes
- Turn off the flame and let it sit for another 3-4 minutes
- Strain into a glass using a sieve
- Add honey, mix well and serve