One of my favorite cold drinks is Tulsi and Hibiscus tea that I make at home.
And during the summer I use the heat and rays of the sun to make sun tea on a regular basis.
I first experienced Hibiscus flowers in Celestial Seasonings’ renowned Red Zinger tea.
Almost addictive, it’s so good.
And when I first tried Tulsi, it was Organic India’s excellent product line.
In India, Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) is probably the most revered plant of them all.
It has been used for a wide range of holistic medicine uses throughout the long history of Ayurveda, the oldest natural health and healing system on the planet.
Tulsi is an adaptogen, which means it assists the body to deal with a wide range of issues, including injury, illness, stress, inflammation, digestive issues and more.
Tulsi is a member of the Mint family and a cousin to Sweet Basil. It has a unique flavor and smell that I find to be quite alluring, without any indication of mint or basil.
I also add a concentrated Tulsi powder to my smoothies that adds a wonderful flavor to the mix.
Be advised, you can drink Tulsi tea plain due to its mild and slightly sweet flavor, but adding Hibiscus will probably prompt you to add a bit of sweetener.
Eventually I came across Davidson’s Teas in bulk bags and started experimenting with different blends and combinations.
Not only is is considerably cheaper to buy in bulk, but there is no added taste to your tea, which is common with paper tea bags.
I originally used a Tulsi blend, like this one, which is quite excellent. It has all three types of Tulsi as well as lemon myrtle, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon.
But then I decided to try adding some Hibiscus to my blend, due to its properties.
Hibiscus tea has been consumed around the world for perhaps thousands of years.
In addition to adding a beautiful crimson tint to tea, it’s also packing a hefty dose of vitamin C as well as other acids and compounds that have health-giving benefits.
Hibiscus also has a very tart (some say cranberry-like) flavor that adds a nice little zing to to the tea.
And to me, the combination of Hibiscus with either plain Tulsi (Krishna, Vana or Rama) or a Tulsi blend, is both delicious and refreshing.
Read on to see how I make my tea…