How to Prepare Basil Tea

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Basil is considered a holy plant in India and is one of the most commonly found herbs in India and the world over. It is an aromatic herb and can be is used in multiple medicines and culinary delights for seasoning. In traditional medicine the herb is popular for its antiseptic, sedative and diuretic properties. Its properties make it popular in treatment of gastro intestinal, renal and chest ailments. The herb proves helpful in the case of patients suffering from fatigue and insomnia. It is also beneficial in case of cold, cough and fever. Applying crushed basil leaves or juice of basil leaves on wounds and insect bites help them heal faster. There are two ways of enjoying basil tea. Let us discuss both the recipes that lead to good health.

Basil Tea (Without Milk) This is not a very popular recipe in India, but it actually works wonders. It is just a matter of a few sips and you will get hooked onto this herbal tea free of caffeine. It is very easy to make.

Ingredients: (for one cup)

  • Basil – 2 to 4 fresh leaves (washed)
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Honey  – as per taste (optional)

Method:

  • Pour the water in a pan and place it on the stove.
  • Let the water warm up and when it is just about to reach its boiling point add the basil leaves.
  • The moment the water begins to boil turn off the gas and cover the pan. Let the water stand as it is for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile put a teaspoon of honey in your cup.
  • Pour the boiling water in the cup. Let the leaves stay in the water for best taste and aroma.

Do not add sugar or any artificial sweetener to this tea. If you are taking this tea for medicinal purposes let the leaves boil in the water for a few minutes.

Basil Tea (With Milk) A very popular form of tea all over India. It is enjoyed all over the country for its medicinal and aromatic properties.

Ingredients: (for one cup)

  • Basil – 2 to 4 fresh leaves (washed)
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Tea leaves – 1 teaspoon or 1 tea bag
  • Honey or sugar  – as per taste (optional)
  • Milk – 2 to 3 teaspoons or as per taste.

Method:

  • Pour the water in a pan and place it on the stove.
  • Let the water warm up and when it is just about to reach its boiling point add the basil leaves.
  • The moment the water begins to boil add the milk.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil, add tea leaves or tea bag and let it simmer for a minute or two.
  • Turn off the gas and cover the pan.
  • Meanwhile put a teaspoon of honey or sugar in your cup.
  • Strain the mixture in your cup and enjoy your cup of tea.

Basil is a rich source of Vitamins K, A and C, minerals like iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.

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