GOLDEN TURMERIC TEA with Tulsi Holy-basil. 

Benefits: This herbal combination offers you powerful immune, respiratory, and pain support.  Golden Turmeric tea is a go-to for allergy season, anytime during cold and flu, and with occasional pain and inflammation. Turmeric has long been used in Ayurveda as an anti-inflammatory.

Muse de Turmeric the golden wonder- Oh golden friend how you nourish me so.  You help my skin, lungs, joints and every body system glow.  As I take you in as tea or curry, I think of you and stop my worry.  You’ve got my back, you feed my mind, you help to protect my cells; truly you must be divine!

What you need:

2 cups water

4 tablespoons organic turmeric powder

2 tablespoons ghee* or coconut oil

6 slices of fresh ginger root or 2 tsp. dried root

½  cup milk or coconut milk or milk alternative

4 tea bags of Tulsi-holy basil tea

Honey to taste

Cardamom powder (a pinch)

Directions:  Simmer on low 2 cups of water and turmeric powder, fresh or dried ginger and 1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil for 30-45 minutes until it yields a paste (add extra water if needed).  It should gently bubble, forming a beautiful reddish-brown paste.  Turn off from heat, let cool and store extract paste into a glass jar.  It will last up to a week.

Add ½ to 1 tablespoon of the turmeric paste to 1 cup Tulsi-holy basil tea steeped with 2-4 tea bags per cup. If you don’t have Tulsi on hand, you can use plain hot water or a respiratory tea blend.

Next: Add 1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil, honey (to taste), milk or milk alternative and a pinch of cardamom powder to your turmeric and tea.

 Best practices:

For the acute imbalance: Drink 1-2 cups per day for an acute imbalance such as allergies, colds, respiratory infections, or occasional pain, strain and trauma.  Stir often to encourage the paste to not clump at the bottom of your cup.

As a tonic: Drink 1-2 cups at a lower serving (1/2 tbsp), per week as a tonic beverage to: Promote a healthy response to occasional inflammation, to promote a regular and healthy menstruation, to promote healthy aging memory/focus, to reduce symptoms of acne and eczema.

Optional herbs to add during the simmering phase: 1 tablespoon Ashwagandha or Shatavari powder, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Strain well before drinking if using these optional herbs!

If you tend to run warmer to hot, this formula of herbs is likely too heating for you.  Consider adding in more cooling herbs such as mints and gotu kola to cool the formula.

If drinking 1-2 cups a day for an acute imbalance, this is a large amount of turmeric per day.  I don’t recommend using this for longer than one week, or every other week as needed if the issue is acute.  Drink with a spoon nearby to avoid the big chunk of turmeric paste at the bottom! Store any additional turmeric powder paste in the fridge until your next round of tea.

Understanding more about Turmeric and Tulsi-holy basil+ safety and contraindications

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Plant part used:  rhizome.

Primary actions: Strengthens your body’s response to occasional inflammation, maintains and protects healthy liver functions, promotes sinus and respiratory health, purifies and promotes healthy blood and circulation, promotes mental clarity and longevity, supports healthy menstrual cycles, promotes healthy skin especially with occasional acne challenges, encourages movement and healthy menstruation, helping to reduce symptoms of PMS, cramping, occasional acne and mood swings.  Turmeric powder is traditionally used to repair broken bones and to promote wound healing.  Turmeric will staunch/lower bleeding for first aid if applied directly to a wound.

•   Key words: Strong and powerful, rich in antioxidants, warming, bitter, moving, a panacea herb, strengthens the body’s ability to respond to occasional inflammation, nourishing, the golden friendly ally for young and old.

•   Flavor/aroma: Bitter, spicy, warming, aromatic, uplifting, yellow and staining.

•   Persona:  Spunky and bright, a life-long friend for healthy living, leaves a staining impression, good for daily and regular consumption, long lasting and likes to be paired with healthy fats and spicy pepper and ginger.

Contraindications/safety: Not to use with acute jaundice or hepatitis. Use with caution if taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant medication unless monitored by a primary health care provider. Use caution for those with excess “heat” (Pitta) in their constitution, as turmeric is a warming/heating herb.  As with all herbs during pregnancy and lactation, consult a healthcare professional prior to use. Caution with medicinal level servings if trying to conceive. Do not use with children under 12 years of age. Discontinue drinking the tea if it produces loose stools or digestive complaints. 

Holy Basil – Tulsi  Ocimum tenufolium Plant part used:  Leaf + seeds

Tulsi is a powerful herb native to Southeast Asia,known as the “incomparable one,” and as the “Queen of all herbs” for its ability to promote inner balance while increasing vitality and stamina.  For thousands of years, Tulsi has been relied upon by young and old to support healthy breathing and to calm and harmonize the mind and body. Acclaimed as an herbal adaptogen, *  Tulsi is widely used to support the body’s ability to cope with stress. Tulsi is a respiratory systemchampion and can be used a  mucosal expectorant and to induce sweating when needed in times of flu and fever.   Tulsi’s chai-like flavor is delicious any time of day. Tulsi promotes sinus and respiratory health, helps to balance blood sugar levels already within a normal range, promotes mental and emotional clarity, supports the body’s ability to respond to occasional inflammation, helps fortify physical and emotional balance, increases stamina, and strengthens immune and nervous system wellness – you can see why it’s called the queen of all herbs!

•                  Keywords: Heating, adaptogen, antioxidant, strengthening, calming, nourishing/building, digestion building, metabolizing.

•                  Persona:  Royal, noble, generous, strong, legendary

•                  Flavor/aroma/feeling: Sweet and spicy, “chai-ish”, aromatic, warming, refreshing, uplifting, restorative

Primary actions: Adaptogen, supports the respiratory system, supports the body’s ability to respond to inflammation, helps fortify physical and emotional balance, increases stamina and strengthens immune and nervous system wellness, respiratory system-expectorant, strengthens immunity and stamina.

Traditionally used for: Daily tonic to promote inner calm and clarity.  Colds, fevers and the flu. 

History of use with diabetes and asthma.

Contraindications: According to traditional use and the modern research of Tulsi, it is generally considered that there are no contraindications for most people/constitutions and or life circumstances and that it may be used daily for its health benefits.  There are conflicting reports of the embryotoxicity of Tulsi ..  The use of Tulsi is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.  Tulsi may be too heating for those with high Pitta  and/or heat conditions.  This can be balanced by drinking Tulsi with Gotu Kola or mint for the cooling actions present in both herbs.

* Adaptogen definition: An herb or agent that assists the body’s ability to counter or “adapt” to physical, emotional, biological and environmental stressors, while helping to maintain homeostasis or balance in the body in a non-specific manner.