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. Our Tulasi recipes are here.
Tulsi and Ginger Tea | Phanta Tea
Fresh Tulsi, Tulsi tea or teabags, or use Basil
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 tea