I love getting packages in the mail; it's a good thing too because as a blogger I get a ton of them. It wouldn't be surprising if our mail-lady thinks I have a shopping addiction, she's at my door almost every day with a new box of goodies, but I think the cute little boy answering the door distracts her a bit (or at least I hope it does.) She always makes a point to stop and talk with my little guy and he loves the endless supply of boxes she brings. They're perfect for building forts with, which is pretty cool no matter what age you are.
This past Friday I came home to find the replacement parts for my broken bathtub (don't ask me how I managed to break the tub, I still haven't figured that one out) as well as a huge box from Organic India, one of our sponsors this month. They've sent me seven boxes of their Organic Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea in a variety of flavors to share with you today, as well as a few other goodies (like a really awesome mason jar mug.)
This isn't my first experience with Organic India's Tulsi Tea. Whole Foods was handing out samples a while back and I brought home a few to try since I'm always looking for caffeine-free options. They have 20 flavors of tea bags, most of which are caffeine-free, and 7 flavors of loose leaf to choose from. That's a lot of choices!
Since Tulsi is known for it's ability to provide stress relief and boost your immune system it makes it a great option for me to take on trips. I've never been on a trip that hasn't completely stressed me out at some point, have you? I know come November I'm going to be glad to have several boxes of this in my cupboard. I'm always a bundle of stress at the end of the year while I'm trying to finish up last minute deadlines while getting ready for weeks of out-of-state holiday travel.
So what did I think of it? There were flavors I really enjoyed like Honey Chamomile and Peppermint, but others, like the Pomegranate Green and Sweet Rose that weren't really to my tastes. Keep on reading for individual reviews of all seven flavors.
Important Medical Note:
I'm always cautious when it comes to drinking herbal teas because many of them interact poorly with my seizure medication. Tulsi (Holy Basil) is known to interact with a number of medications, including Diazepam (Valium), Pentobarbital (Nembutal), and Scopolamine. It should also be avoided if you have low blood sugar, take an anticoagulant (blood thinner), or are trying to become pregnant. If you are pregnant you'll want to avoid Tulsi (Holy Basil) because it can cause the uterus to contract. This isn't an exhaustive list of interactions, so to be safe you'll want to check with your doctor before consuming any herbal teas or supplements.
I've had Tulsi comprised of only one variety, but I prefer the blend of Rama, Vana, and Krishna Tulsi used in these bags. The brewed tea has a spicy scent, and tastes of lemon and herbs. It's very refreshing when served hot, but I don't care for it cold.
My Rating: 75/100
Would I order this again? Possibly. I really have to be in a specific mood for plain Tulsi, so it isn't something I purchase often, but I do enjoy it.
Honey, Chamomile, and just a hint of Tulsi make this a very unique herbal blend. It's soothing and especially nice when you have a sore throat. I could see this being one of my go-to teas when I'm sick.
My Rating: 84/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This is the perfect combination of everything I'm looking for in a tea when I'm not feeling well.
Peppermint tea has always been one of my favorite teas, but I thought this was an interesting twist on an old stand-by. Just underneath the bright peppermint flavor is the spicy Tulsi. It's a great combination.
My Rating: 85/100
Would I order this again? Yes, I think we just found my favorite!
I really enjoyed the blend of Tulsi and Rooibos, but the mango flavor isn't very strong. I think it gets overpowered by the rooibos. If you're a fan of rooibos then blend might suit you perfectly.
My Rating: 78/100
Would I order this again? Yes. I really enjoy the spicy flavor of the Tulsi when combined with rooibos.
I could sit there and smell this tea all day, it reminds me of summer with its faint scent of basil and peaches. It's an interesting combination of sweet and tart that is slowly growing on me the more I drink it. I'm not really a fan of the hibiscus, but to be fair, I really hate hibiscus.
My Rating: 70/100
Would I order this again? No, but it sure does smell good.
This isn't my first experience with Organic India's Pomegranate Green, it's one of the samples I picked up at Whole Foods. I'm not a fan, I think it tastes nothing like pomegranate and leaves me with an odd aftertaste in my mouth.
My Rating: 5/100
Would I order this again? No. This is my least favorite out of all the teas I sampled.
I saved this one for last because rose tea has always been my favorite, but it's also the most fickle of flavors. If there is too much rose the tea becomes very cloying and difficult to drink. Unfortunately that's the case with this blend, I'm really not a fan of this one.
My Rating: 20/100
Would I order this again? No, this one definitely isn't my cup of tea.
Where to Purchase
Our organic Tulsi Tea blends come in 20 delicious flavors! Tulsi, also called Holy Basil, is revered throughout India as a sacred herb infused with healing power and is considered to be the “Queen of Herbs.”
Abundant in antioxidants, certified organic Tulsi Tea is not only great tasting; it offers stress relief, increased energy and a boost to your natural immune system.
Organic India's Tulsi - Holy Basil Formula and certified organic Tulsi Teas include three varieties of Tulsi leaves: Rama, Vana, and Krishna. Each variety has a slightly different look, taste and smell and when combined, create a perfectly balanced herbal infusion with an array of health benefits
USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Product Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free and vegan.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by May Media Group LLC (MomsMeet) and Organic India for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.
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