Yesterday I made myself basil tea. I have grown basil for years and never really knew the healing properties of this magnificent herb. A friend recently introduced me to Tulsi tea which was delicious and got me thinking, why not make my own? As I write, I am sipping my iced tea and thought I would google basil tea. Can you imagine my delight when I found this?
The infusion is prepared of 1-2 spoonfuls of basil leaves, shredded, boiled in 250 ml of water. The tea is left to infuse 2 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day. It is recommended to drink a cup after every meal. This tea treats distention and intestinal colics, gastric ulcer, anorexia, urinary infections, diarrhea. source: http://www.liveandfeel.com/medicinalplants/basil.html
I chopped up 4 big handsful of basil, crushed 6 cloves and placed in a stainless steel pan and poured boiling water over it and let it steep for about 15 minutes. This can be enjoyed hot, warm or iced!
I am completely fascinated with my intuition as prior to brewing this tea yesterday, I had no conscious knowledge of the healing properties of basil tea. 🙂 I had no idea why I added cloves either, and just found this interesting article on clove tea, and also discovered there is a clove basil! Well I’ll be darned 🙂
Clove tea is an herbal tea brewed with cloves, thought to have beneficial medicinal properties. Most of the benefits derived from drinking the tea are due to the presence of an organic compound found in cloves and other aromatic herbs and spices called eugenol. The tea may be used to treat a variety of minor digestive complaints, such as diarrhea and flatulence. It also has antiseptic, antifungal, and analgesic properties. Clove tea can also be applied topically in the form of a hand cleanser or a compress, or taken internally as a douche or enema. source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-clove-tea.htm
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