Organic Holy Basil Tulsi

Uniquely cooling and spicy mouthfeel give way to mint, lemon and rosemary notes

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Organic Holy Basil Tulsi

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Organic Holy Basil Tulsi


Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi, or Ocimum sanctum) is a popular aromatic plant that is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and is commonly used in Ayurveda. This loose leaf organic Krishna Tulsi can be used to make a delicious caffeine free, organic herbal tea. The holy basil leaf, flowers and twigs create an infusion that is at once cooling in the mouth and wonderfully spicy. Think of it as a blend of flavors including mint, lemons, basil, chamomile, cardamom, rosemary, and nutmeg all fused into an aromatic incense-like concoction. Holy Basil!

Ingredients: organic Indian holy basil (tulsi)

Origin: India


Native to the Indian subcontinent, Holy Basil or Tulsi has been cultivated for centuries in India. Part of the Lamiaceae family and known as the “queen of herbs,” it grows best in regions with rich sandy loam soils and good drainage. It is ready for harvest three months after planting and then again every 70-75 days thereafter. In India, it is harvested at the full bloom stage on sunny days to obtain the best yield and oil content.

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend herbal and rooibos teas to be steeped for 5 to 7 minutes in water heated to a full rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. If you want a stronger brew, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Sarah

    "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."

  • Chelsea

    "Holy Basil is delicious, but a bit hard to describe. I view it as a cross between licorice, chamomile and mint, with some of the same stress relieving benefits of chamomile."

Health Benefits


Holy Basil or Tulsi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries dating all the way back to ancient India. Known as "The Queen of Herbs," tulsi is now widely known as an adaptogen, meaning that it could potentially help to strengthen the body's resistance to stress and disease. Some scientific studies have shown that holy basil extract has also been found to be beneficial for asthma, type 2 diabetes and skin irritations such as poison ivy and poison oak.

For more information about health benefits of various herbal teas, check out our Herbal Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Holy Basil Recipes

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  • 3
    Holy Basil Tulsi

    Posted by Skye on 11th Nov 2022

    I really appreciate that Arbor lets you buy samples of all their teas (except for the matchas) because it's given me an opportunity to try teas I've never had before. Holy Basil Tulsi has the brightness of basil, with lemony and minty notes. I'm not sure I'd drink it straight, but I think it would be a wonderful ingredient for a delicious tea blend.

  • 3
    Good tea for the price

    Posted by Brady on 29th Dec 2020

    This tea was pretty good for its price. I’ve had better holy basil tea before that was a little more vibrantly green in color, but for the price this is a good tea. I love the peppery-mint notes when you brew it strong, and it’s certainly a gently medicinal tea.

  • 5
    Refreshing spice

    Posted by Lindsay Hescock on 27th Aug 2020

    I'd never tried Tulsi before even though I saw it around a lot. I would call the flavor "spicy" but not in a hot -sauce hot way. It's a gentle spicy and a nice flavor. I definitely recommend giving it a shot.

  • 5
    warm yet cooling

    Posted by Kaelin Williams on 16th Nov 2017

    I am absolutely in love with the flavor of tulsi, the only question i have is... Is this the Krishna Tulsi? it tastes very minty/peppery and clove-like which i LOVE.... It just is not specified in the description...I would really like to know what variety it is.. Overall, I am in Love

  • 5
    Soothing & Delicious

    Posted by Rachel on 21st Apr 2017

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the flavor of this healthy tea. I actually crave it as a mid-day refresher. I've read that it's a strong natural antihistamine and feel that it helps clear stuffiness and congestion. I'll be ordering this one for a long time!

  • 4
    Wasn't sure what to expect

    Posted by Bonnie R. on 6th Jan 2015

    Got a sample to try not sure what to expect, but after brewing my 1st cup; this is very tasty. I believe it would be better iced & perhaps blended with some other herbal blends but it's great on it's own. Would purchase again.

  • 4
    Really different (in a good way)

    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.

  • 5
    Light, clean and complex taste

    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 :)

  • 5
    what a complex flavor!

    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!

  • 5
    Complex and smooth

    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.

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