Contributed by: Dr. Sairupa Krishnamurti, ND

Delicious, nutritious and immune boosting, these Ayurvedic concoctions are pleasing to ALL the senses and are just in time for Fall comfort cravings!

Tulsi (Holy Basil) & Ginger Tea

This tea is best for people with vata and kapha predominance in their constitution.  A wonderful morning elixir for everyday use.  Great for keeping the immune system strong and preventing cold and flu.

Directions:

  • Grate or pound a piece of fresh ginger (about the size of the tip of your thumb)
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of Tulsi powder or dried leaves
  • Pour in 1 cup of hot water
  • Add honey for kapha and vata types
  • Add maple syrup for pitta types
  • For excess pitta, you can add peppermint leaves with Tulsi

About Tulsi

Tulsi, commonly known as Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), is an adaptogen and helps the body adapt to stress.  It is also antibacterial, antiseptic, and a nervine (calming).  It is fantastic for coughs, colds, sinus congestion, headaches, fevers and abdominal distention.

Tulsi is a sacred plant in India, and perhaps in other places in South Asia.  It is thought that Tulsi opens the heart and mind and increases devotion.  The plant is worshipped in the Hindu religion.  It is even thought to clear the aura and offer protection to the spiritual body.

The healing properties of Tulsi are highly beneficial for:

  • Common cold
  • Fever
  • Sore throat/cough
  • Respiratory disorders (asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion, sinusitis)
  • Muscles and joint aches (osteoporosis, arthritis, sprain, injuries)
  • Depression and stress (anxiety, frustration, irritation, fear)
  • Building immunity and tissue cells such as white and red blood cells
  • Balancing metabolism (salt, sugar/carb and fat balance)

Turmeric & Milk / Almond Milk Elixir

Best taken as a bedtime elixir, a couple hours after dinner, right before bed.

Directions:

  • Add a pinch of turmeric to a cup of organic whole milk or almond milk
  • Let the elixir boil slightly
  • Add honey for vata and kapha types
  • Add maple syrup for pitta types

About Turmeric

Turmeric (haldi) is a rhizome used medicinally to treat coughs/colds, poor circulation, joint pain and skin disorders.  It is considered to be a natural antibiotic, strengthens digestion and helps to improve intestinal flora.

Rooibos & Cardamom Tea

Great for any time of the day.

Directions:

Per cup of hot water, add:

  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 teaspoon of rooibos tea

About Rooibos

Rooibos tea is a beautiful-tasting, caffeine-free tea from South Africa. It is also known as Red Bush. Its sweet taste makes it cooling, so this is a wonderful tea to have during the hot months of the year. If you would like to have it during the fall and winter, add heating herbs like ginger and cardamom. This tea is rich in antioxidants and helps your body fight stress.

Masala Chai

This is a delicious fall or winter treat.  It is really warming, so pitta types should have it sparingly.  In the summer months, drink it ice cold!

Directions:

In a cup of water, boil the following together until the fragrance is strong:

  • 1 teaspoon of rooibos
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • a few cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • fresh ginger to your taste
  • a few black peppercorns

Add your choice of milk and let boil together for a few minutes. Add honey, maple syrup or agave nectar.

You can choose to use organic, unprocessed black tea or rooibos tea as the base. Rooibos contains no caffeine.

You can choose to use soy milk or whole organic cow’s milk.  I generally don’t use almond milk with this recipe because I like a thicker, creamier texture.  Feel free to experiment!