Tehachapi's Online Community News & Entertainment Guide

Tulsi Tea: It does a body good

"Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary."

– Chinese Proverb

When you think of tea, what comes to mind? Do you picture the Queen of England enjoying an afternoon cup of tea and crumpets? Do you see an ice cold glass of sweet tea or picture a steaming mug warming cold hands?

Do you think about the health benefits of tea?

If you haven't, you should.

Tea, especially green tea, has long been touted as having a positive impact on your health and well-being. Rare is the person who has ever been told by their doctor to give up their tea habit unless it's a high caffeine blend.

Just as you might expect, the best quality and variety of teas are found at specialty and health food stores. For folks in Tehachapi and nearby communities, that means Tehachapi Natural Market at 20221 W. Valley Blvd is the go-to place for tea.

Market Co-Owner, Sarah Rose, is an all-day, all season tea drinker.

"I've never been a coffee drinker," she said. "It's always been about the tea for me. Ever since joining forces with Teresa here at the market, it's been my goal to learn more about tea and to expand our selection of teas." When asked what her favorite tea is, Sarah replied, "Tulsi teas, without a doubt. Tea made from leaves, stems and seeds of the holy basil plant (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is called Tulsi, which is a Hindu word meaning, 'the incomparable one.'"

Why Tulsi?

"Tea drinkers have been consuming holy basil for centuries to combat anxiety and stress," she explains. "Stress is hard on the mind, body and soul and it also leads to the production of a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is one of the leading contributors of belly fat. Numerous studies have shown that Tulsi tea lowers cortisol levels which would then help combat belly fat."*

"My interest in the health benefits of tea drinking," she goes on to explain, "has led me to contact several tea companies about carrying a bigger selection of teas in our market, especially loose leaf tea. We're in the process of working out the details right now. My goal is that by the time this article goes to print, we will have our first shipment of loose leaf tea and diffusers available, plus we will be offering ready-to-drink hot and cold teas from the juice bar. We're super excited about a tea called Blue Butterfly Pea Flower. It is naturally an incredible shade of blue and when combined with lemonade it turns a magenta color. It's sweet and delicious and gorgeous!"

Head on over to Tehachapi Natural Market to enjoy their teas, juices, smoothies and more!

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.