Organic India's core vision is health and wellness through tea, specifically, organic tulsi blends. Tulsi, also known as holy basil, plays an important role in Hinduism.
Hindus regard it as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi, a consort of the god Vishnu. The offering of its leaves is mandatory in ritualistic worship of Vishnu and his forms like Krishna and Vithoba. Many Hindus have tulsi plants growing in front of or near their home, often in special pots or special small masonry structures. Traditionally, Tulsi is planted in the center of the central courtyard of Hindu houses. The plant is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely known across the Indian Subcontinent as a medicinal plant and a herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda. [source: Wikipedia]Having never drunken tulsi tea before being contacted by Organic India, I agreed with curiosity to receive the tea for review. The company sent a package with a box of Original and four boxes of the following blends: Moringa, Pomegranate Green, Sweet Rose, and Jasmine Green. I steeped a bag each of the Original and the Pomegranate Green.
The Original is sweet with a pleasant basil flavor though not quite like the kinds you use for cooking purposes. The Pomegranate Green is blended with tulsi, pomegranate, hibiscus, elderberries, citrus, and green tea. The dominant flavors in the liquor are hibiscus, citrus, and green tea. The tulsi provides a subtle sweetness. This blend would be a great iced tea (whenever warmer weather arrives and stays).
I feel like hibernating today; it's quite cold outside. I think I will try the Jasmine Green next. It's purported to be stress-relieving and enlivening!
Teas c/o of Organic India USA. Thank you.