Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tulsi - India's "Holy Basil"

One of the most interesting things we found at the World Tea Expo was Tulsi, an herb from India with a distinct flavor.

Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is also known as Holy Basil. It is part of the basil genus and is often used in various ayurvedic remedies. Tulsi is also naturally caffeine-free. It seems to have a number of health benefits, but what attracted us to it was its unique taste. It's hard to describe; slightly spicy, sweet, floral and minty, all at the same time.

There are two varieties of Tulsi, purple and green (the green is pictured). We've brought in six different blends in bulk; the pure green and purple varieties, as well as Cooling Mint, Marigold Lemon, Orange Fennel, and "House Blend", a mix of green and purple Tulsi.

We've also brought in some boxes of unbleached teabags; Pure Tulsi, Tulsi & Lemongrass, Tulsi Chai and Tulsi & Ginger, as well as an assortment pack of all four.

Oh, did I mention they are all Certified Organic? Our supplier also works with small farms to help support Sikhya - a free school for homeless, underpriveleged chlidren in Northern India.

We don't have it on the website currently, but we'll be brewing it up in the shop quite often, so come in and give this unique herb a try!


  1. I was really interested in having come across your store last Friday while visiting Seattle from out of town; a very helpful employee was able to tell me about your tulsis, and I was so excited to bring a few ounces of two of them home - the house blend tulsi and the cooling mint tulsi. I haven't had a chance to try them yet, but I wonder if this might be a regular offering, and/or if you'll be selling them online.

    I bought 6 different types of teas during my stop at your tea room, and I had to stop myself from buying more; it all looked so good!

  2. Glad you liked the Tulsi, Julee discovered this at Tea Expo in Las Vegas this year and thought it would be a good and different herbal iced tisane for the summer. Not sure if we will do this seasonally or ongoing so it will most likely not be on the web, but you can e-mail or call us toll free to order.

    We do have good teas because we personally sample EVERYTHING before we bring it in - tough job but someone has to do it.