Sacred Heart Tulsi, Rose and Hawthorn Chai
Some days it’s just hard to be hopeful. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the bills, maybe it’s the news, maybe it’s social media, MAYBE it’s everything. Sometimes life in general can be stressful, over wrought, and downright disheartening. Perhaps it is my role as an herbalist, but I find myself serving as the sounding board for a lot of people’s gripes and troubles. I don’t know a lot of things, but I do know that people feel tore down, chewed up, and spit out these days. I also know that there are some herbs that can help soothe and nourish a world weary heart. How about some tulsi, rose, and hawthorn chai to lift the heavy veil and let your sacred heart shine?!
The Healing Ritual of Tea
Tea is powerful medicine, my friends. Not just in that tea delivers the gentle healing action of your chosen herbs, but in its ritual too. Preparing tea with intention can itself be an act of self care and indulgence. I encourage you to embrace the rituals of preparing yourself a cup of tea – choose a favorite mug, inhale the aromatic steam, and quietly reflect while sipping your tea. Taking just a few moment to disengage from work, social media, or whatever else consumes you to simply just “be” with your tea is itself an act of healing. I don’t mean this in a hippy-dippy, esoteric way – tea, in this case, is both the tool of healing and the excuse to take care of you.
Tulsi, Rose and Hawthorn Benefits
I formulated this tulsi, rose and hawthorn chai with the notion that I wanted this tea to act on the heart. Tulsi, also known as holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), is a beloved nervine herb which promotes a sense of greater well being and reduces the perception of stress. Rose (Rosa spp) is a gentle hypotensive herb, helping the lower elevated blood pressure and strip away that sense of overwhelm. Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is a much heralded cardiovascular tonic – strengthening, toning and nourishing the heart muscle while improving circulatory function. I have use hawthorn leaf, flower, berries (wildcrafted at different times of year) here to employ all its heart loving benefits. Traditional chai spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, star anise, and fennel bring warmth and wonderful aromatics, as well as their own unique herbal actions. I even added some not-so-traditional coriander to elevate and brighten the blend.
I encourage you to engage in these small rituals of self care on a daily basis, and especially when times are trying. This tulsi, rose, and hawthorn chai is a perfect way to honor your sacred heart.
Tulsi, Rose and Hawthorn Chai
- 1 cup dried hawthorn leaf and flower
- 1 cup dried hawthorn berries’
- 1 cup dried tulsi (holy basil)
- 1 cup rose petals
- ¼ cup cinnamon chips
- ¼ cup dried ginger (granules)
- ¼ cup fennel seed
- ¼ cup lightly crushed cardamom pods
- ¼ cup lightly crushed star anise pods
- 1 tablespoon dried coriander
- Mix all herbs and spice together and store in tightly sealed container in a cool dry place.
- To make tea, use a tablespoon of chai blend to 8-10oz of water. Bring water to a rapid simmer and remove from heat. Add herbs and steep for about 10 minutes. Strain into your favorite mug and enjoy.