Updated March 1, 2022
This tea blend was crafted for my dad. When I visited my parents recently, he let me try his favorite tulsi + turmeric tea. He mentioned that the local store wasn’t carrying it any longer, so I jumped at the chance to blend up something similar for him. The result is warming, gently uplifting, and dad approved.
This tea tastes great and can certainly be enjoyed for flavor alone, but it also has an array of health benefits.
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), also known as holy basil, has a wide range of uses in Indian herbal medicine. It has been used traditionally as a tonic herb to help strengthen and improve overall health. It is well loved for its ability to help the body adjust to stress. It helps to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure. It also has been used to treat diabetes because of its potential to help stabilize blood sugar (Chevallier 118).
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an important herb for purifying the blood, reducing inflammation, and aiding the healing of wounds. It is restorative tonic that can be taken regularly to balance blood sugar and hormones. It is stimulating and warming and thus, helpful for improving circulation. It promotes healthy digestion and nutrient assimilation. It can also be utilized to minimize PMS symptoms and to help regulate menstruation (Tierra 81, 200).
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is a very common culinary spice that has medicinal benefits too. It has been used traditionally to improve circulation, and to help with digestion problems, like nausea, diarrhea, & vomiting. Its warming, stimulating, and antispasmodic properties also make it helpful for soothing and aching muscles and for easing cold and flu symptoms (Chevalier 84).
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) adds delicious warming flavor. It is excellent for digestive issues, including nausea, gas, and motion sickness. It helps to improve circulation and treat high blood pressure (Chevallier 155).
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) leaf adds a nice touch of sweetness to balance the spiciness of this blend.
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) warms the body and helps to improve digestion and can be helpful for issues like stomachache, gas, bloating, constipation, and nausea (Chevallier 155).
Tulsi Turmeric Tea
- 1 cup tulsi
- 1/3 cup turmeric root
- 1/3 cup cinnamon chips
- 2 1/2 tablespoon ginger root
- 1 heaping tablespoon of stevia
- 1 scant teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
Makes 1 pint jar of tea blend.
Mix the dried herbs together in a bowl and stir until well combined. Store in a glass jar.
Fill an infuser with a tablespoon of tea blend. Put the infuser in a 6-10oz mug. Fill the mug with simmering water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove the infuser & enjoy your tea.
Unwind with a cup of this warming tea after dinner to take advantage of its beneficial effects on the digestive system or warm up with a mug on a cool fall evening. A jar of this tasty blend also makes a great gift!
Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. 84, 92, 118, 155.
Hoffman, David. The Herbal Handbook.
Tierra, Michael. The Way of Herbs. 75, 81, 196-197, 200-201.