Water with Holy Basil
Water with Holy Basil is nutrition packed and is an inexpensive hydrating drink other than water. Holy basil is also known as Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum, or tulasi . This plant is known for its medicinal benefits. Its phytonutrients makes it an excellent antibiotic, germicidal, fungicidal and disinfectant. It contains vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, camphene and other antioxidants such as eugenol that helps relieve stress and neutralize free radicals. It fights cancer, respiratory disorders like coughs and colds. It helps to treat gastroenteritis, fever, rheumatism, septic, urinary and genital infections, intestinal worms and other infections.
The drink is made either by overnight steeping or brewing tulasi leaves in boiling water and allowing it to cool. The strained water can be added to the drinking water. You can also add a couple of holy basil leaves in drinking water.