I inherited my love of tea from my mother, an avid tea drinker. She introduced me to lapsang souchong, oolong, sencha, genmaicha, and many others. Since childhood, a hot cup of tea has always been a great source of comfort. I drink green tea every morning, decaf green tea and herbal teas throughout the workday, and I usually enjoy a cup before bed. Recently, my mother introduced me to another type of tea, Tulsi tea, which is made with Holy Basil. Tulsi, meaning "the incomparable one," is the Sanskrit name for Holy Basil and its scientific name is Ocimum Tenuiflorum. Holy Basil is an herb grown in Southeast Asia. It has been cultivated for thousands of years for its incredible healing abilities and is widely used in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine.

Tulsi teas make an excellent after dinner treat, sans guilt. If you're looking for reasons to add Tulsi teas to your diet, there are plenty. Holy Basil is considered in adapotgen; it is thought to relieve the body from stress and to support the immune system. A cup of Tulsi tea can help you relax, and with regular consumption, feel more balanced. It is recommended for maintaining a healthy metabolism and boosting stamina. Holy basil is thought to help control blood sugar levels and to help treat common respiratory problems. And did I mention it is rich in antioxidants?

My favorite flavors are Peppermint and Honey Chamomile, and my mother is a fan of Sweet Rose. Tulsi teas are sold at Whole Foods, many specialty grocery stores, health food stores, and you can also purchase them online. Give them a try and report back with your favorite flavors!