Eat Well

Sippin’ Tea

By Maria Noël Groves, Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Educator
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My favorite morning tea blend is made with two simple herbs with seemingly miraculous health benefits: they boost metabolism, curb cravings, decrease inflammation, enhance immunity, energize but also calm the mind, fend off infections, and fight cancer. Sound too good to be true? Let me introduce Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) and its good friend Green Tea (Camellia sinensis).
Tulsi Greentea Box
One of the easiest ways to take this tea is to use the Organic India Tulsi Green teabags available at the Co-op; however, you can also grow Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi)  from seed or seedling in the garden much like culinary basil, then add it to your favorite organic Green Tea (personally I prefer Jasmine Green Tea). The effects are almost instantaneous, but you’ll do even better if you drink the herbs regularly.
The blend makes a great morning cuppa, but you can also drink it iced with a little honey as a healthy “energy drink” while off on summertime adventures. Enjoy!