Every chai-lover will agree to this that there's hardly anything a cup of hot tea can't fix. From reconnecting with your friends and loved ones over chai to rejuvenating yourself at any time of the day, a perfectly brewed tea does it all! And if you wisely add some herbs and spices to it, then it might go a long way to benefit your health too. As per health experts around the world, herb and spice-infused tea (green, black or olong tea) have often been considered to be a natural remedy for several ailments. Two such popular traditional herbs are Tulsi (Holy Basil) and Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng).
For the unversed, both Tulsiand Ashwagandha have been an important part of traditional medical practice since centuries. These herbs are potent adaptogens and can be consumed in form of kadha or tea. As per Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora ND, "Ashwagandhaand Tulsi help balance hormones. It is the root cause for stress, fluctuations of mood and weight gain. Imbalance in hormone also reduces body's energy levels."
We bring you a herbal tea recipe that includes Tulsi and Ashwagandha, along with green tea, which may do wonders for relieving stress and anxiety after a long tiring day.
Benefits Of Tulsi For Beating Stress:
Tulsiis dubbed to maintain the level of cortisol hormone (stress hormone) in the body. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, basil is a potent source of antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties.
Benefits Of Ashwagandha For Beating Stress:
According to Consultant Nutritionist Rupali Dutta, "This traditional herb has anti-ageing and de-stressing properties. It is used to fight depression, anxiety and boost cognitive functioning. In this regard, one must remember that the ashwagandharoots have several medicinal properties and one can consume the roots in various forms."
Benefits Of Green Tea For Beating Stress:
Benefit of green tea is no secret to the world. Other than improving metabolism, promoting weight loss and boosting immune system, it is also known to have calming effects on our nerves. It is enriched with Theanine that helps to beat stress and anxiety. A research by the University of Shizuoka, Japan, found that the students who consumed green tea consistently experienced lower levels of stress.
How To Brew Tulsi-Ashwagandha Green Tea:
1.5 cups of water
Half teaspoon Ashwagandha roots
3-4 Tulsi leaves
1 teaspoon green tea
Step 1. Boil the water for 2-3 minutes.
Step 2. Switch of the flame and add green tea, ashwagandha roots and Tulsi leaves. Close the lid and let it infuse for 10 minutes.
Step 3. Strain it in a cup and sip on.
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