Yes! Just like peppermint, you can use basil leaves to prepare a tea and it’s just as good! Surprisingly basil tea is smells very much like chai – it has that sweet, cleansing cinnamon aroma, a pale liquor and a refreshing taste. In India this tea is called Tulsi Chai and it’s not only very popular, but also part of a long tradition of tea drinking.
You can prepare it in various ways, but first you need 10-15 fresh basil leaves. You cut off the stems, pour boiling water over them and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Optionally you can boil the leaves along with water in a small pan. If you want something more exciting you can also make a camellia sinensis-basil tea. First bring the water and basil leaves to a rolling boil, lower the heat and let them steep for 3-4 minutes. Then put the heat back up and add some camellia sinensis leaves. If it’s a green tea you don’t have to boil it, but if it’s a black tea you want to steep it in a higher temperature. Now that the tea is done, you can add some sugar or lemon to taste. Adding milk for this tea is not recommended.
Generally, there is no set way of preparation and you can do whatever works best. There are many tea vendors that offer ready-made Tulsi Chai, that you just buy and infuse like regular tea. Some of the benefits of drinking basil tea is improved digestion and cardiovascular system, it contains vitamins K, A and C as well as calcium and iron. It is is perfect along with nay kind of meal, and it can be served to persons of any age.