Tulsi tea with ginger is very good for you, especially in early spring. Ayurvedically, it is good for sinusitis, flu, hayfever, bronchitis, asthma and some fevers. (Consult your Ayurvedic practictioner.) Phanta is a hot infusion in Ayurveda.
It is gentle and calming, reducing Vata and Kapha, but raising Pitta. Drink it at a time that you can relax and take some bed rest. It is best to avoid cold for a couple of hours after drinking.
Tulsi is the Holy Basil of India, with a taste somewhere between mint and basil. You can often buy Tulsi tea in organic and health shops. If I can’t find Tulsi, I make this tea with ordinary basil and it still works wonders.
You can read more about the extraordinary healthy properties of Tulasi here. Tulasi can also be spelt as Tulsi or Thulasi, or called Holy Basil. Don’t get it confused with Thai or Sth East Asian Holy Basil, it is an Indian Holy Basil and quite different to the Thai herb. You can see our Tulsi recipes here.
Similar teas include Liquorice Ginger Chai, Spring Chai, Dr. Kilkani’s Ayurvedic Chai, Longan and Ginger Tea, Ginger Root and Turmeric Tea, Rosebud and Borage Flower Tea, and Cumin, Coriander and Ginger Tea.
Tulsi and Ginger Tea | Tulasyadi Phanta
Fresh Tulsi, Tulsi tea or teabags, or use Basil leaves
12 slices of ginger root
20 or more black pepper corns
Simmer all ingredients in boiling water for 5 minutes or more.
You can drink it by mixing half a cup of tea with half a cup of hot milk. This is very warming and comforting.
Or sip at the tea as it is. If it is too strong, add a little more hot water. A squeeze of lemon juice is nice too.
Drink 1 or 2 cups at the most.
Then relax, take a nap if you can.
Mint may be added to the phanta.
Or make the phanta this way, and drink morning and evening: lemongrass, tulsi, cinnamon, cloves, jaggery.
Adrak-Tulsi ki Chai
Add tea leaves to the spice mix, and serve with milk and sweeten with jaggery.
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