Friday, October 30, 2009

Tulsi vs. Swine Flu ... We Have a Winner!

This is a repost, but I was asked to repost this by many people.
I apologize for anyone disappointed with the duplication in postings.

This is excerpted from an article found in The New Nation in Bangladesh:

Tulsi is a medicinal plant of local origins that has abundant medicinal benefits. Tulsi has much of a cultural significance in India as well, where it is considered divine and its presence in households, auspicious. The latest revelation about the medicinal properties of Tulsi comes in the wake of pandemic alerts world over. Tulsi helps in countering the deadly H1N1 virus! Tulsi is found to improve the body's defence mechanisms against viruses in general and its effectiveness has been vouched for in its ability to act against the virus causing flu. It has been revealed that Tulsi could ward off the Swine Flu virus as well as could cure people who have been infected with Swine flu. The treatment for Swine flu involves consumption of 20 to 25 leaves of Tulsi in its fresh form or as liquid and to be taken in empty stomach twice a day. The revelation assumes significance as other medicines are found lacking in their ability to tackle H1N1 virus, with Swine Flu sweeping across the world, spreading panic among people and offices and schools being shut down to control the spread of the epidemic. Tulsi's effectiveness against Swine Flu may have come as news to people who are unaware of the wealth of benefits that the humble herb has to offer. Traditionally, Hindu temples provide water that has Tulsi leaves soaked in it to devotees. Tulsi leaves are boiled in water and the essence is given to children and adults who suffer from flu and common cold. Tulsi plant is a repellent against mosquitoes and other insects and Tulsi leaves and juice extracted from the leaves are found to be cures against malaria. Tulsi is also a remedy against constipation, indigestion, poor appetite and acidity. Tulsi is known to help solve health problems in women that are associated with menstruation and pregnancy. Tulsi strengthens the body's immune system in children and protects them from common infections. The effectiveness of the medicinal plant in preventing and curing swine flu only vouches for the host of other health benefits that the plant is traditionally known to offer.

While not on the website, Tulsi is available at SensibiliTeas. The cost is $3.00 for a 1 oz package, which would make about 15 cups of tea. In order to get the full benefits of Tulsi it is recommended that you drink 3 cups (2 mugs) of Tulsi per day. Wow ... all those benefits for about 43 cents a day? Nice!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hot Spiced Cider

Wouldn't this be nice after a day of raking?


  • 1 quart water
  • 1-2 TBSP Constant Compliment
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups light rum
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1TBSP butter


  1. Steep the Constant Compliment for five minutes using your favorite method. To the prepared tea, stir in the sugar, apple cider and rum. Add 2 of the cinnamon sticks. Heat just to steaming -- do not boil. (Mmmm ... doesn't that smell amazing!?)
  2. Drop 1/6 TBSP (1/2 teaspoon) butter into each of 6 mugs. Ladle the steamy cider blend over the butter and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Trick or Tea!

On Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st, SensibiliTeas is offering a free sample of any tea of your choice to anyone visiting the shop or placing an order during those two days.
Friday 2pm-5pm and Saturday 10pm-5pm. Happy Halloween!
30% off Pumpkin Pie Honeybush or Pumpkin Spice black tea!