I preach to my clients daily how important it is to learn how to use food as medicine. Tea is one of my favorite ways to treat the body medicinally, and I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites.

Tea Spotlight: Holy Basil and Turmeric-Ginger Tea

Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) Health Benefits

  1. Lowers stress and anxiety
    1. Regulates and lowers cortisol levels
    2. Soothes nerves and regulates blood flow
  2. Stabilize blood sugar levels
    1. Reduce risk of diabetes
    2. To read more on the importance of balanced blood sugar levels, please read this blog!
  3. Fights disease and cancer
    1. Rich in antioxidants
    2. Fights free radicals
  4. Fights bacterial infections
    1. Anti-microbial properties
    2. Brings down fever symptoms
  5. Supports digestive health
    1. Increases metabolism
    2. Facilitates liver function

Sierra’s review: “I was surprised at the sweet scent when brought the cup up to my mouth. It’s not sweet like flowers, but rather like caramel. However, the sweetness itself is very delicate once you taste it. It’s described as bold and dynamic on the website, which is true to taste. I found that it had more of a buttery finish than I am used to with Tulsi, which I actually really enjoyed! Full bodied and aromatic- this tea gets a thumbs up from me!”

Turmeric Ginger Tea:

1/4 turmeric root (grated) or use the ground spice

1/4 tsp ginger root (grated) or use the ground spice

1-2 drops of stevia, or 1 tsp honey to sweeten.

Ginger Benefits

  1. A cure all for tummy troubles!
    1. Treats nausea and vomiting, including motion sickness and morning sickness
    2. Calms upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea
  2. Pain reliever and fever reducer
    1. Does that sound like an ibuprofen or aspirin label? Ginger is a powerful pain killer and anti-inflammatory agent. It is a natural, more effective remedy for inflammation and pain than most anti-inflammatory meds, and can even help combat the negative side effects of such meds, like stomach ulcers.
    2. Can be used for arthritis, headaches, and cramping
  3. Prevents cold and flu
    1. Historically used in Asia to prevent cold and flu
    2. Helps prevent fever and chills by stimulating blood flow
  4. Immune booster
    1. Fights the common cold
    2. Soothes headaches and sore throats
  5. Supports digestion
    1. Improves nutrient absorption
    2. Alleviates indigestion

Turmeric Benefits

  1. Pain reliever and fever reducer
    1. See ginger benefit number 2! A turmeric-ginger tonic of sorts is my go-to for a headache
    2. Can be used for headaches and joint pain
  2. Supports brain function
    1. Prevents Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases
    2. Helps increase the formation of new connections in the brain
  3. Lowers risk of heart disease
    1. Strengthens the lining of blood vessels
    2. Reduces inflammation and oxidation
  4. Mood booster
    1. Can be an effective anti-depressant
    2. Boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine
  5. Supports digestion
    1. Reduces bloating and gas
    2. Alleviates indigestion


Sierra’s Review: “I’m quite accustomed to the taste of turmeric, but for those who might be wary of the bitter taste- don’t let that hold you back. The turmeric in this tea is present, but subtle enough, and is balanced out by the kick of ginger that follows after you take a sip. I’m a big ginger fan as well, so the more bite the better, but maybe that’s just me. I sometimes think of turmeric of having an earthy, woodsy flavor – so imagine that with a little spice on the tip. All in all, these two spices make for an incredible combo – both in taste and health benefits!

If you aren’t up for making these teas on your own, check out Buddha Teas. They offer certified organic, non-GMO, bleach free tea bags, no added flavor or color, and recycled/recyclable packaging which is always a bonus! Learn more about Buddha Teas at www.buddhateas.com


Written by Sierra Buckley