Holy Basil – or Tulsi – is a wonderful herb to help relieve nervous tension. That and chamomile are always in my apothecary!
Tulsi can also help ailments such as asthma, flu, coughs, and colds but it also is very beneficial for lowering stress and even minor gastrointestinal issues. Its often referred to as the Queen of Herbs because of its many uses.
Today, I’m using it in my new Tuslimint Tea.
2 tsp Tulsi, dried
1 tsp chamomile, dried
1/2 tsp mint, dried
2 whole dried rosehips
1/2 tsp rose petals, dried
1 tsp lemon balm, dried
1/2 lemon peel, dried
1/2 tsp lavender flowers, dried
Either put into a tea infuser or just in the mug and pour 8-10 ounces of just boiled water. Let steep 15 to 20 minutes covered. Strain if necessary and sweeten with honey, sugar or stevia. You can heat it back up if desired.
Fennell Seed is a centuries old fold remedy for weight loss and is still used today. Drink fennel seed tea about 20 to 30 minutes before a meal to curb your appetite.
Fennel Seed is helpful in reducing bloating, gas and aids in digestion, and can help to alleviate abdominal cramping. As an added bonus for women, fennel seed can help level hormones during menopause. (Also try my Hot Flash Buster (coming soon to Hilltop Arts store) which has been life altering for me!)
Fennel Seed Tea
1 teaspoon fennel seed for each cup of boiling water
Bruise the seed in a mortar and pestle (if you don’t have one you can bruise them on a cutting board with a spoon or rolling pin)
Steep for at least 10 minutes – COVERED (we don’t want those valuable herbal properties escaping!)
Strain and Serve hot (you can warm it back up if its not hot enough). You can use honey if you don’t care for the taste. However, I find it very good without sugar or honey.)
Did you know? Fennel seed is also good for our pets. It can help with gas, colic, bloating and can increase appetite for picky eaters, and help with bad breath. You can put fennel directly into your pets food or add a little fennel seed tea to their drinking water. (This post first appeared on my company blog at www.thehilltopgrp.net)