Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) is a popular aromatic plant that is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and is commonly used in Ayurveda. This unadulterated organic Krishna Tulsi can be used to make a delicious caffeine free, organic herbal tea. Its purplish-brown flowers, leaves and twigs create a brew that is at once cooling in the mouth and wonderfully spicy. Think mint, lemons, chamomile, cardamom, rosemary, and nutmeg all fused into an aromatic incense-like concoction. Holy Basil!
Ingredients: organic Indian holy basil (tulsi)
Serving Size: one tablespoon per 8 oz cup of water
Sarah Says: Holy Basil is both warming and cooling! At first sip your mouth and throat are coated in warmth and then after you swallow your mouth is all a-tingle! Lovely.
Posted by Robin K. on 17th Dec 2014
I grow different varieties of basil, but never tried one in a tea. This tea smells like cloves when it is steeping. The taste is hard to pin down. There is definitely a clove taste, but also pepper, and something else....
A nice herbal tea.
Posted by Yen-Wen on 15th Dec 2014
I did not know what to expect when I ordered it but It was certainly a good surprise.
When my husband heard basil tea, he did not feel like trying. Maybe he associated savory dishes with basil. Tea? He was very suspicious.
When I made it one day and he did not know what kind of tea it was. He took a sip and said " why kind of tea is this? It's pretty good" when I told him "the basil tea you did not want to try", he said " wow, It's different from what I thought it would taste... I like it actually."
Its light, clean and complex in taste. It's a good change up :)
Posted by Aga on 1st Nov 2013
I rarely drink herbal teas. I love all the different types of "regular" tea, and there is only so much you can drink in a day, that I don't sample herbals much. And I got discouraged to the pre-mixed teabagged herbal teas, as most are sweetened (and too much!!) with licorice which I dislike. But 1) I've heard here and there about tulsi's health benefits, 2) my bf doesn't like caffeinated teas in the evening so I actually started browsing through herbal sections in stores or online (imagine that), 3) the flavor description here on Arbor Teas sounded really appealing. The verdict? This is amazing!!! Really, really good. Great flavor, it's hard to describe, there is a bit of mint in there, but not strong, a bit of cinnamon & co spicy notes, but not overpowering. I tried a mint + cinnamon herbal tea in the past, and ugh, I think I still have it somewhere. It sounded like a good idea, but the flavors didn't meld. Not so here. Not bitter, it manages somehow to be smooth with all the flavors. A pleasure to drink, not just "something decaf to have in the evening". I need to order more, I keep drinking it even though I don't need a caffeine-free tea!
Posted by Judy on 28th Oct 2013
I ordered this based on a recommendation for it's use in Kombucha brewing. I decided to brew up a cup of this to find out how it tastes on its own. I really like it - it also is hearty, so a great evening tea without having to worry about caffeine.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one tablespoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 5-7 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Herbal teas, unlike tea from the plant camellia sinensis, do not get astringent with longer brew times. So if you happen to steep longer than 7 minutes, don’t worry! Your herbal tea will gain more flavor, but it will never become astringent!
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
In this special shortbread recipe, dried Tulsi leaves are toasted to intensify the flavor of the essential oils before being mixed into the butter-laden dough. Once baked, a layer of tempered chocolate is poured over the cooling shortbread, creating an incomparable cookie meant to be offered devotedly to your beloved. Check here to view the full recipe for the Holy Basil Shortbread!