When the season of winter is about to meet the season of spring, I begin brewing tulsi tea. A pungent, heating adaptogen with an invigorating taste and a surprisingly calming effect. Translated, tulsi means “the incomparable one”, and is commonly referred to as holy basil. Revered in the ancient texts of Ayurveda for its sattva quality, tulsi is called the queen of herbs. Unbeknown to be me, I’ve been steeping the dried herb with the queen of flowers, roses and the queen of spices, cardamom. These three ranis or queens love harmonizing together in my teapot. Balancing each other’s heating and cooling nature, with a little sassy-ness of tulsi’s peppery-ness, combined with cardamom’s sweetness, and rose’s aromatic floral heart.

Fairly quick to make. This blend does not need to be brewed on the stove when using fresh and finely crushed cardamom. A quick 3-4 minute steep and it is perfect for days when I want the creme de la creme and don’t feel like lifting a finger.  I guess these rani’s are rubbing off on me. happy sipping. happy digesting.

Tusli + Ayurveda

  • An adaptogen, tulsi has a calming, clarifying, light and warming effect on the mind-body
  • When under stress, tulsi helps to normalize and balance the body
  • Considered to be sattvic, meaning tulsi is inherently filled with loving, balanced energy that exudes a spiritual quality
  • Supports rasa dhatu, the plasma tissue and in doing so, promotes healthy circulation throughout all the following tissues, blood, fat, muscle, bone, marrow & reproductive
  • Known to increase ojas, the subtle energy of kapha
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Promotes healthy and uncongested breathing. Supporting the lungs
  • Balancing during the cold, wet season and for kapha (earth +water) imbalances
  • A natural nervine
  • Sharpens memory and increase retention power
  • Pacifies vata and kapha dosha and can aggravate pitta dosha
  • Incompatible with milk

A Tea of Rani's | a tulsi, rose, cardamom infusion

a calming infusion with peppery, floral and sweet notes 

Course Drinks, elixir, tea
Cuisine Ayurveda
Season Spring, Winter
Quality clear, dry, light, warm
PREP TIME 1 minute
COOK TIME 4 minutes
TOTAL TIME 5 minutes
SERVINGS 1 person


  • 1 tsp tulsi dried
  • 1 tsp rose petals dried
  • 2 pods cardamom crushed 1/8 tsp powder
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water



  1. place all ingredients in a teapot and let steep for 3-4 minutes, strain and serve 

recipe notes

  • this recipe can also be made as a cold infusion, place all ingredients in a jar, pour in filtered, room temperature water and let steep for 4-6 hours or overnight. strain and serve. 
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