Queen of Herbs – Organic India Tulsi Tea review (and coupon code)

My favorite thing about trying new products is filling my brain with new information. It’s one thing to try a new type of yogurt or a sample cookie mixes.. it’s another when there is an actual learning moment. This is the second time I was lucky enough to sample Organic India Tulsi teas via Green Moms Meet. Last time I learned all about the health benefits of Moringa and made some awesome Moringa coconut pineapple n’ice cream. This time I got to enjoy their line of teas. For a tea drinker like myself.. opening my sample box from Organic India was a gift in itself. Warm and fragrant, notes of rose, peppermint, utter sweetness. Organic India produces over twenty different types of organic tea as well as supplements.

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What is Tulsi?Tulsi – named after the Goddess Tulsi and known as Holy Basil – is a herb native to India. Tulsi has firm roots in Hindu culture and the Tulsi plant is common in everyday life. The Tulsi plant can be harvested for its tea leaves, used for creating essential oils, and the wood used to create beads. Holy Basil is considered an herbal supplement and has many healing properties – high in antioxidants (protects against cell damage& free radicals), stress relief, immune support as well as positive impacts on your metabolism, mood & energy levels. In my research I also learned that Tulsi tea and oils can be used as a remedy for cold sores and bronchial ailments.

Tulsi Tea

I’m neurotic about cold brew tea and coffee. The process is easier and for me I think you get a stronger, richer flavor. For Tulsi Iced Tea it’s as easy as throwing a couple of tea bags into a mason jar (don’t forget to gently remove the tag & string!), fill with water and throw it in your fridge overnight. It’s ready to go for that pesky commute to work or school drop off. If I’m feeling saucy I might add some frozen fruit, lemon slices or a dash of honey.

Right now I have a steaming cup of Honey Chamomile on the desk (always late with my reviews tsk tsk). It’s officially fall in New England – window fans during the day, freezing at night, pouring rain.. you get the idea. As long as I can break out my fleece pajama pants and cozy up with a book & a cup of tea.. it’s all good.

Have I convinced you to try Organic India Tulsi tea yet? Organic India tea retails for $5.99 for a box of 18 tea bags. For a limited time you can save 20% if you head to www.OrganicIndiaUSA.com and use the code kiwi20.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 

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Spiced Blueberry Green Tea featuring frozen Wild Blueberries!

Blueberries hands down are my fave thing to have handy in the freezer. There have been many a times I made a smoothie that looked like mud and blueberries are my savior. They turn it a great shade of reddish purple and help cover any super strong spinach flavor. Seriously.. thank you blueberries for helping me lie encourage my kids to drink healthy smoothies.

Moms MeetWild Blueberry Association of North America teamed up to have bloggers everywhere enjoy these tasty, wild blueberries. What was the first thing i did? I went out and bought the biggest bag of frozen wild blueberries I could find! In this case it was Wyman’s of Maine. We did everything with them – added them to pancakes, smoothies, yogurt, granola and some homemade ice cream. (disclaimer – if you have a little one and they eat a ton – be prepared for their.. um.. poop to uh.. turn dark. Cmon parenting is full of these lessons right?!)

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Then I started to do some research about what exactly makes these little buggers so amazing:

  • 99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and taste.
  • Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet
  • Wild Blueberries are called “Wild” because they are not planted— they have occurred naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years.
  • Blueberries contain antioxidants, are low in fat and contain vitamin c.

Then came the task of creating something interesting with my blueberries. While doing some research I found everything from pickled blueberries, blueberry onion jam and a bunch of marinades. I wanted to create something that screamed summer. I also wanted to create something that encouraged eating blueberries while maintaining their health benefits.

blueberries ingredients

Spiced Blueberry Green Tea

6-8 bags of your favorite green tea (I chose my fave – Organic India Tulsi Green Tea)

1-3 sticks cinnamon (depends on how strong a cinnamon flavor you want)

2 tablespoons lavender

1 1/2″ – 2″ fresh Ginger (peeled and sliced)

1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries

8 -12 cups filtered water (really just depends how big your container/how much you want to make!)

Cheesecloth

Cooking Twine

The key to “brewing” this tea isn’t brewing at all. I call it refrigerator tea… Everything basically gets put in a pitcher and is ready to go within a few hours.

  • create your spice pouch. Cut approx 5×5 square of cheesecloth. Place the cinnamon, ginger and lavender and tie closed with the twine.
  • create your blueberry pouch. Cut another 5×5 square of cheesecloth and tie your blueberries up in it.
  • Fill your container with the filtered water.
  • Add in your teabags, spice packet and blueberry pouch and give it a stir.

Immediately you notice the blueberries turning the water a lovely red/purple!  Place it in your refrigerator overnight. Here is where you can get creative. Want a super spiced tea – keep everything steeping for 24 hours. Want a lightly spiced blueberry green tea – only leave it in a few hours. Same thing goes for the spice pouch. More ginger if you love ginger, more lavender if you love lavender. If you want a sweeter tea I suggest taking the blueberries out and giving them a quick spin in your vitamix and adding that to your glasses before you pour the tea. Talk about beautiful!

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Oh and if this is the first time you’re cooking with dried lavender.. don’t worry it’s completely okay to eat!

Everyone in my family loved it! Even my hate-to-try-new-things boys.. they were all about it! This will be our summer staple. The health benefits of Wild Blueberries, green tea and no added sugar. WIN!

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.