5 Top Health Benefits of Tulsi | Holy Basil Tea + Recipe

Tulsi tea has amazing health benefits and medicinal uses. Tulsi occupies an important place in ayurvedic medicine and in India, we worship tulsi plant. Tulsi plant requires very little maintenance and you will find tulsi plant every where in India. Tulsi has amazing health benefits and I always have tulsi plant at home. Drinking tulsi tea is one of the best ways to consume this amazing herb.

Tulsi Tea Health Benefits:

1. For Stress:

Tulsi tea is filled with antioxidants that helps our body combat stress effectively. Regular consumption of holy basil tea will reduce the effect of stress on our body like emotional stress, mental problems, stress related head aches, etc.

2. For Skin Diseases:

If there is one herb that is very effective for all skin related diseases, it is holy basil. It is so effective that we use it extensively for all skin related home remedies. If you are a person who is prone to skin diseases, then make it a habit of regularly drinking tulsi tea.

3. For Sore Throat:

Tulsi is an effective home remedy for sore throat and throat pain. If you like the flavor of ginger, add it along with this tea to make it an even more effective remedy for sore throat.

4. For Immunity:

Drinking tulsi tea increases your immunity, especially after a prolonged illness. Try to get fresh tulsi leaves, dry, store and use it year round to increase your immunity. You will also find yourself immune from cold and cough.

5. For Digestion:

In my personal experience, I have seen the power of tulsi in treating digestion related problems. If you suffer from an upset stomach, try making this along with slightly pounded whole pepper corns.

How To Make Tulsi Tea At Home?

I prefer making this tea from fresh leaves but you can also make it from dried leaves. Making this tea is very simple. Since I don’t like to boil the leaves, I always steep the leaves in boiling water. I like it unsweetened but you can sweeten with honey, if you prefer. To make your own dried tulsi leaves for making the tea, wash the tulsi leaves, spread them on a plate, sun dry till crisp and store it in an air tight box. This tea can be consumed even daily and can be given to children too.

1. Take fresh tulsi leaves and wash them well to remove all the dirt.

2. Boil water in a pan. Once it comes to a boil, add the fresh tulsi leaves and switch off. Close with a lid and let it steep for a few minutes, strain and sweeten if desired.

 3. To make them from dried leaves, dry the leaves in hot sun, spread on a plate.

4. Add the required amount of dried tea leaves in a tea pot and pour over boiling water. Close with the lid, let it steep for 10 minutes and strain.

5. The tea made with fresh leaves is light green in color with a mild smell of fresh tulsi leaves.


  • I prefer the tea made from fresh leaves. It has got a beautiful fresh smell and taste to it.
  • Try to include this tea during rainy season to keep yourself free from cold and flu.
  • Dry the leaves till crisp before storing it in air tight boxes,else it will spoil quickly.
  • If you are taking any medications on a regular basis, consult with your health care professional before drinking it daily.



  1. Balamurugan Jayabal
    January 28, 2015 / 9:07 am

    Hi ramya,Can i add tulsi leaves with normal tea while boiling(tea with milk)..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 29, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Yes, tulsi leaves can be added to normal tea….

  2. Anonymous
    February 28, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    hello. can i add few lemon drops to this tea ? thank you.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 3:06 am

      Yes you can add few drops of lemon to tulsi tea…

  3. Anonymous
    May 6, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    can you explain how to store fresh tulasi leaves for puja? i foolishly put it in the fridge and it wilted! i am very sad over this. then i kept it was kept in a room that is cool made of stone walls and it wilted there too. it is very sensitive to cold and to the air. like is there a special wooden box from specific type of tree to keep it in or a basket made of coconut, bamboo or banana with lid or without lid or tied up in a damp pure cotton cloth? i'm looking not only to store tulasi but other fresh flowers. if you can write a separate post that would help. i make garlands and need to know how to keep these fresh and i was told professional garland makers know the right answer.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      We usually pluck the fresh tulsi leaves and place it a cup along with water in pooja room. I will try posting as you suggested soon…

  4. Anonymous
    May 6, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    1. should we avoid when on monthly cycle time or about to have or right after having? 2. i read it has anti fertility aspect so how to deal with this issue also?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Yes, tulsi leaves have anti fertility properties best to avoid it the whole time while trying for pregnancy…

  5. Anonymous
    May 6, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    what size leaf is the proper size to consume? i see it come in various sizes the leaf.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      For tulsi tea, you can use any size you can get…

  6. Yemaya
    July 5, 2016 / 2:39 am

    Hi Ramya, Just to share the benefits of tulsi, I would add in the leaves to steep in Millagu Rasam especially when you catch flu or cough and it taste good. The Tulsi extract good for ear infection.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 14, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks a lot for sharing this information Yemaya…

  7. thilaga sundari
    February 17, 2017 / 9:47 am

    How do I give tulsi water to my 11 month old baby? He has chest congestion and makes a grunting noise while breathing. What else can i give to cure his cold?

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