Tulsi Iced Tea

 

Therapeutic and delicious. Food (and beverages) can either contribute to or rob you of health. I prefer to combine both health-promoting and tasty when developing recipes. My maca truffles are a perfect example: they boost metabolism and contribute to hormone balance and stress management.

Have you heard of tulsi tea? Tulsi is also known as holy basil, which is a really nice adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens balance the body and promote healthy stress response as needed. For example, if cortisol (your main stress hormone) is too high, adaptogens will lower it. If too low, adaptogens will raise it. Herbs have powerful healing properties!
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I drink two strongly brewed cups of tulsi tea daily for adrenal hormone support. Here are some of the benefits it offers:
–improves hormone balance
–increases energy
–improves sleep
–supports immune health
–high antioxidant levels combat free radical damage for youthful vitality!
–helps your body manage stress

In San Francisco, summer is basically winter (not kidding– I wear my down jacket at night when it’s cold and the fog is rolling in), so I really enjoy hot teas, and it’s not difficult to entice myself to get my 2 cups of tulsi in every day. If it’s hot where you are during this summer, enjoy this iced Tulsi tea cooler!
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(photo courtesy of masalaherb.com)

3-4 bags of Tulsi tea, depending on how strong you like. I prefer the lemon-ginger, but the rose tulsi is lovely too.
1 gallon filtered water
local raw honey or liquid stevia, to taste (10 drops or so).

Boil the water and add to a nice pitcher. Steep 4 bags of tulsi in the pitcher for 10 minutes or more. Remove bags and add sweetener to taste. Refrigerate. Serve over ice with mint sprigs. Yum!

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