Ginger-Holy Basil Tea (Adrak Tulsi Chai)
Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), also known as Tulsi, is an aromatic herb that is highly valued in Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine in India. For centuries, Tulsi leaves have been utilized in India to effectively address issues such as viral flu, coughs, and congestion. The bitter leaves of Tulsi possess remarkable medicinal attributes, making them a potent natural antibiotic. Renowned for its robust disinfectant qualities and potent germicidal properties, Tulsi is widely acknowledged as a formidable herb for enhancing immunity. It protects the body from the damaging effects of various toxins and also from free radical damage. This is due to a high phenolic content of Tulsi, which act as scavengers of free radicals from the body.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a popular spice known for its flavor and potential health benefits. Ginger's health-enhancing attributes arise from its abundant phytochemicals, which are bioactive compounds that exert their effects within the body's biological systems. Among these compounds are gingerols, shogaols, and paradols, all of which contribute to ginger's array of beneficial traits, including its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anticancer, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, and anti-aging properties. Other nutrients found in ginger are vitamin B6, minerals like magnesium, and manganese, about 30 different types of amino acids, some amounts of carbohydrates, enzymes and coenzymes. Due to the presence of enzymes and co-enzymes ginger is helpful in improving digestion and reducing nausea.
When combined, holy basil and ginger can create a delicious and potentially therapeutic tea. Holy basil ginger tea is a beverage made by steeping dried or fresh holy basil leaves and ginger in hot water. It is often enjoyed for its soothing and aromatic qualities, and it's also believed to have various health benefits due to the potential properties of the two main ingredients.