Tea for a sore throat : It’s pretty obvious that I really enjoy my tea. Herbal Tea is what I start the day with and also how I end my day. I even change my cup I’m using depending on what type of tea I’m drinking!
For the past four months I have been drinking Tulsi tea every morning. I love the flavour of clove and pepper it gives and clears my throat, which is exactly what I need the first thing in the morning. Since the weather in Delhi has become unpredictable and during this time of monsoon, our health is especially affected and my throat and sinuses are playing up.
Tulsi, otherwise known as ‘Holy Basil’ is found and used widely in India. It is also a sacred plant among Hindus and in most homes a Tulsi plant is found at either the front of the house or in the courtyard. So it didn’t surprise me that we already had a Tulsi plant sitting amongst our garden.
Tulsi is also used regularly in Ayurveda because of its naturally healing qualities and antioxidants. I really like how Tulsi tea relieves my sore throat and makes me feel clear-headed and more balanced. It is my go-to herbal tea even when I’m not feeling quite right and gives me more energy the natural way!
So this is how I make Tulsi Tea:
- Take 3 large Tusli tea leaves, freshly plucked and broken up into pieces into a cup of water.
- Boil the leaves in water over a stove for 2-3 minutes
- Allow to steep for a few minutes, covering with the lid. (The longer the better, as it allows all the natural goodness to release)
- You can strain the leaves if you wish too, but I prefer to eat them.
- For more flavour and variety, you can also add in some grated ginger or a spoonful of honey. Go crazy and a few cloves or a cinnamon stick! You can also add Tulsi to this Masala Chai recipe.
Do you have a favourite tea blend? Do you have a home remedy for a sore throat?