Hawthorn /Tulsi Tea for inflammation
This optimized tea recipe combines hawthorn and tulsi to soothe inflammation and calm the heart. Enjoy this regularly and at any time of the day.
- 3 grams dried Hawthorn flowers and leaves (roughly 2 T )
- 1 gram dried Tulsi (aka Holy Basil) leaves (roughly 1 T )
- 12 ounces of water
- Grind the dried leaves and flowers using a spice grinder reserved for herbs. (You don’t want to use your coffee grinder because your tea will taste like coffee and vice versa.)
- Place the hawthorn herb into a French press or another glass container with a handle and pour spout.
- Boil the water. Pour the water into the French press. Let sit, covered, for 3–10 minutes. (The researchers said that it wasn’t necessary to steep for more than 3 minutes, but even steeping for ten minutes is fine.)
- Strain off the flowers and leaves, which you can now compost. If there are a lot of little bits still left in the water you can pour the tea through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.
You can flavor your hawthorn and tulsi tea with a bit of honey or other sweetener if desired.
Note: the most important practice to increase the extraction of nutrients was to grind the dry plant. Do this just before you make the tea, otherwise the flowers and leaves can oxidize, which will not give you maximum potency.
Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is well known for its ability to support heart health. In fact, it’s been shown to benefit people with mild to moderate heart disease.
- And one of the ways we think it works is by reducing systemic chronic inflammation, which is often the underlying cause of heart disease. But hawthorn isn’t just for the heart! This is one of my favorite herbs to throughout the body. Studies have shown that hawthorn may strengthen the eyes and help protect the eye health of people with diabetic retinopathy specifically by reducing inflammation
- In China hawthorn is often used to address digestive complaints. One review pointed out that it’s been in use for a long time! “It was mentioned first for ‘treating dysentery’ in Tang Materia Medica (Tang Ben Cao) dating back to 659 AD, the first known official pharmacopeia in the world.”
- A study published in 2020 showed that hawthorn extracts can reduce inflammation in the intestines, which could benefit inflammatory digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease.
- Hawthorn’s got a lot of ways to help us with chronic inflammation! Herbalists often work with the berries, leaves, and flowers of hawthorn. Studies have also shown that even the seeds are high in inflammation-modulating constituents
- In the following recipe we’ll specifically work with the leaves and flowers.
Tulsi aka holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a powerful herb that can soothe inflammation!
- Tulsi is a sacred herb in India and a common herb in Ayurveda. People have used tulsi for thousands of years to address many different health challenges. Modern research has shown that some of its healing ability is due to the way it can modulate chronic inflammation. Like hawthorn, it can affect many parts of the body. One study showed that tulsi and aloe vera could address gingivitis by decreasing gum inflammation.
- One review showed that tulsi has anti-inflammatory, gastrointestinal, and hepatoprotective effects.
- Also like hawthorn, tulsi has a long history of being used to support heart health. I love working with tulsi because it’s easy for me to grow, I love the flavor, and I love how I feel when I regularly drink the tea.