Tea of the week – Happy Times Tulsi by Dragonfly Teas

This week’s selection is a herbal infusion from Dragonfly Teas, who have been growing and selling tea for over 100 years, and are members of the Organic Food Federation, Fairtrade Foundation and Rainforest Alliance. Happy Times Tulsi is an organic blend of lemon balm, limeflower, ginger, spearmint, hemp seed, peppermint and fennel seed, as well as tulsi, aka Holy Basil. This is an aromatic herb native to India and Southeast Asia, which is sometimes called “The Incomparable One,” “Elixir of Life,” or “Queen of the Herbs.” These grand titles are due to the adaptogenic properties tulsi claims – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, decongestant, antimicrobial, antibacterial and more. Tulsi has been used for thousands of years as a food ingredient and Ayurvedic herbal remedy for many ailments, and is also utilised in the worship of Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi. I can’t wait to try this awesome-sounding tea!

Tasting notes

This tea comes in a plastic-free bag in biodegradable paper packaging and emits a pleasant minty, lemony aroma as soon as it is opened. I steeped it for about three or four minutes in freshly boiled water as recommended and enjoyed the deepening scent – these ingredients are naturally quite sweet so I did not add any sugar, although a bit of honey or other sweetener would be okay. This is a herbal tea so I did not add any milk (frankly would not recommend). The brew is a light straw colour which over time developed a pale green colour but did not get dark. I sipped the tea and was rewarded with a delicate but strong flavour that is minty, citrusy, and herbal – also not entirely unlike the basil you might use in Italian cooking, adding a delightful freshness to the taste. This is a very mild blend that does not contain any bitterness or aftertaste, just a really gentle and pleasant cuppa that is perfect for any time you could use a natural caffeine free boost.

Good to know

Tulsi has many purported health benefits when drunk as a tea or used as a medicinal herb, and is thought to be beneficial for congestion, indigestion, stomach cramps, as well as easing a sore throat and freshening breath. Tulsi may also help to ease stress by regulating cortisol levels, and could even help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Tulsi isn’t the only healthy ingredient in this blend – lemon balm is used as a natural mood booster and stress reliever, and ginger is a strong antioxidant and antiinflammatory. The spearmint and peppermint in this tea could also be useful as a digestive aid. As this infusion is completely herbal it also contains no caffeine, and is perfect for drinking any time of the day.

This tea was featured in the June Varietea subscription box along with their Inner Aloe Harmony infusion – what did you think of it? Also if you like Dragonfly teas, check out our review of their signature blend of white tea, Swirling Mist – https://varieteas.co.uk/tea-of-the-week-dragonfly-teas-swirling-mist-organic-white-tea/

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