Here is healthy holly basil green tea made with holly basil, green tea, dried orange peels, ginger and coriander seeds. You can have without sweetner too .
I like to shop at Ross where I can find my food photography props and baking pans. Hubby also comes with me for shopping but in one condition I should finish the shopping within fewer hours. During one of our visits to Ross store and while waiting in line for checkout, we saw a packet of herbal tea. When I checked the ingredients, all the ingredients were in my hand. After coming back from the store, I decide to recreate the Holly basil Green tea with my own ingredients. It is known to reduce the stress, and help to manage the sugar levels.
Whenever my hubby talk to my mother-in-law in India she always tell my hubby to take some holly basil leaves to help mange with his sugar levels as he is diabetic. For us people from India, Holly basil (Ocimum Sanctum) is sacred plant, and generally every house has at least one plant (whether it is front or back). We use to pray near the plant every day. So here also I planted holly basil, they grow happy in summer and during winter we need to bring them inside otherwise they die. Once spring starts they come back again.
The health benefits of holy basil, also known as tulsi, are many. It has been recommended for the treatment of bronchitis, malaria, diarrhea, dysentery, skin disease, arthritis, eye diseases, insect bites and so on. The O. sanctum L. has also been suggested to possess anti-infertility, anticancer, ant diabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial, cardio protective, analgesic, antispasmodic and adaptogenic actions. Eugenol (1-hydroxy-2-methoxy-4-allylbenzene), the active constituents present in O. sanctum L. have been found to be largely responsible for the therapeutic potentials read from this scientific study.
This holly basil green tea contains dried orange peels as one of the ingredients for that I made my own orange peels. Orange peel is also loaded with natural histamine suppressing compounds. If you have allergies or are close to someone who does, you understand how the sleepiness associated with some antihistamines.
Then there are coriander seeds, Coriandrum sativum (Botanical Name), which helps to control blood sugar levels, bad cholesterol, aids in digestion and helps regulate the digestive organs, and may help prevent allergies as well as cancer. It also helps to improve tummy troubles of all kinds from indigestion to flatulence to diarrhea read more from here.
This is drinks caffeinated as it has green tea in it as you green tea is rich in antioxidant. Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet.
Then there is ginger rhizome as one of the ingredients. I like zing that ginger gives in everything. It is also has lot of health benefits like boosting immune function. Also helps to reduce indigestion.
The Packet which saw in the store has stevia as one of ingredient but I made without adding it. Both I and hubby don’t find it is needed. You can skip that of or you can add it. I prefer without them.
Here is recipe of delicious holly basil green tea, give it try you will love it.
Gather your ingredients
Boil first ginger and holly baisl and ginger
Then add rest of ingredients
Once boiled strain and enjoy
*All these information are gathered from internet and book. So please consult your doctor or nutritionist before making any diet change.
Holly Basil Green Tea
- 20-25 2g holly basil tea leaves
- 1 tablespoon 4g Green tea
- ½ teaspoondried orange peel
- ½ teaspoon dried coriander seeds crushed
- ¾ teaspoon 2g chopped fresh ginger
- 1 cup/8 oz water
- In a sauce heat water and add all the ingredients and let it boil once it starts vigorous boiling remove and strain and drink.
- If you want you can add your favorite sweetener. I and my hubby likes without adding any sweetener.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.