A healthy drink, without caffeine, it is known to relieve cramps, coughs, and poor digestion. Combine any or all of the following herbs, as desired. To save time, grind larger quantities of different herbs and spices for use as needed.
3½ cups cold water 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 green cardamom pods ½ cinnamon stick 2 peppercorns 2 cloves ½” ginger piece 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried leaves) 68 sacred basil (Tulsi) leaves
Seasonings: Honey (or sugar) and milk (to taste)
1. Crush all the herbs and spices coarsely. Boil the water with the herbs. (About 1/2 teaspoon herbs for 1 cup water.) Simmer for 1520 minutes, covered.
2. Strain; serve hot with milk and honey (or sugar) to taste.
Variation: Let the tea cool down. Add honey (or sugar) to taste and serve cold on ice, garnished with thin lemon slices.
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