Homemade Tulsi Tea Recipe | For Peace & Calm

tulsi tea recipe

So, when I was researching my article about the healthiest drinks you can make, I stumbled across the herb known as holy basil or tulsi (Ocimum sanctum).  And learnt all about this fresh tulsi tea recipe.

I went on to discover that quite apart from making a herbal tea that is aromatic and delicious, tulsi is an amazingly therapeutic herb with all sorts of healing benefits!

In fact when you use tulsi leaves to make a brew, you infuse your drink with a whole range of phyonutrients including – powerful antioxidants such as eugenol, phenols, rosmarinic acid, apigenin and linoleic acid.   Plus good levels of the vitamins A and C, as well as minerals like zinc, calcium and iron [1]

Tulsi also has no caffeine or stimulants and contains some compounds that are super-calming.

And even better, all of the nutrients in your tulsi tea recipe have significant anti-inflammatory effects which benefit your body in many different ways [1a].

The Wonderful Benefits Of Tulsi

  • Powerful stress-relief – Tulsi contains adaptogenic compounds which make it fab for reducing stress, maintaining balance and having a calming effect on the body.
  • Powerful antioxidant – Tulsi also protects against free radicals by increasing levels of glutathione within the body.
  • Cellular protector – Tulsi can protect cells in major organs (eg the brain, liver and kidneys), against the harmful effects of toxins.  This includes pharmaceuticals, pesticides, heavy metals and industrial chemicals.
  • Cancer-fighting – Tulsi is able to induce apoptosis (cell death) in both pre-cancerous and cancerous cells.
  • Enhances detoxification – It can also enhance the activity of liver enzymes that are involved in detoxification of harmful chemicals.
  • Anti-microbial – Tulsi has strong protective effects against various bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Anti-diabetic – It also helps to balance blood sugar levels and lipid levels.  As well as improving insulin resistance and blood pressure.
  • Anti-depressant – Tulsi is a mood-booster and anxiety-reducer, with effects comparable to diazepam and anti-depressant drugs.
  • Brain-boosting – It’s also been found to enhance cognition, forgetfulness and sleep quality.

So, if that little lot isn’t enough to get you brewing this fresh tulsi tea recipe, I don’t know what is!  Let’s take a look at the recipe…

Homemade Tulsi Tea Recipe

Note: This tulsi tea recipe makes enough for about 3-4 cups.


  • half a dozen sprigs of fresh tulsi, laid out overnight and wilted
  • 1 litre / 1 quart water


  • 1 teaspoon raw, organic honey
  • squeeze fresh lemon juice


1  Pop your wilted tulsi into a teapot.

2  Then boil the water and pour it over the tulsi.

3  Allow the tulsi to steep in the teapot for about 15 minutes.  Cover the teapot with a cosy, if you have one.

4  Then pour your fresh tulsi tea through a strainer into mugs.  Serve with honey and a little lemon, or just enjoy the lovely clove-like herby flavour all on its own.

TIP: In the summertime you can also drink this tulsi tea recipe cooled and with added ice, which is beautifully refreshing on a hot day.

So, now I have a bunch of tulsi growing in my garden, I’m excited to be looking into more tulsi recipes and treatments, so watch this space!
In the meantime, thanks to Food In Jars for the inspiration and info on how best to get going with tulsi tea-making.

If you’re keen to try other herbal teas which are great for calming you down, check out my lemon balm tea for anxiety.  Lemon balm is super-easy to grow anywhere, so makes a good plant for herb-growers who are just starting out x

And remember, you can always drop me a comment below if you have your own awesome herbal-tea wisdom to share.

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