Holy Good, Holy Basil Recipes for The Stressed Out and Worn Down : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Picture yourself here with a cup of hot holy basil chai. Talk about stress free…

As you know, I’ve been through my fair share of adrenal stress due to some of my ill-advised experiments.

Today, I’m going to share with you three simple recipes that use Holy Basil (or Tulsi – it’s the same!) that helped me get through my own adrenal challenges and helped me relieve stress and not feel so worn down all the time.

Sound good? I know it does.

The recipes that I’m about to list here are an amazing replacement for coffee, tea, chocolate or any other stimulant. Why? Because holy basil, like any good adaptogen, balances your endocrine system.

In my experience, this herb has helped me more than some of the others that come highly recommended for stress and adrenal issues.

Two reasons why this is true is because the quality of the herb we’ve found is strong enough to actually work in the body, and the second is that my body doesn’t react favorably to the other adrenal support herbs like rhodiola or Siberian ginseng.

Anyway, I’ll have some more in depth writing about the adrenals at the end of this week, but I wanted to get you on one or a few of these great drinks before you burn your adrenals beyond repair. (I might not happen this week, but for some, it may already have long ago!)

Keep in mind these recipes are made with the cold extracted holy basil we’ve found to be the best. You can try other sources, but if you don’t want to spend time experimenting like we did – and eventually make your way back around to our conclusion – you can try what we have in stock. (Here’s where you can buy holy basil now.)

Now on the recipes…

Recipe 1: Holy Basil Chai Spiced Tea

For those who like to watch, we have a video for this one!

For Tea:

1 cup water
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp holy basil or tulsi
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of Vanilla Powder
1-2 tsp lucuma powder

Add all ingredients and let simmer
for 20 min (at least).

For Coconut Milk:

1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup coconut meat
2 Tbsp Raisins

Blend and strain through a nutmilk bag.

When the tea is done simmering, strain into a mug and add your coconut milk.

Ridiculously good.

Recipe #2: Holy Basil Smoothie

Video here too…

2-3 of your favorite fruit
(I like pear and apple)
1 head of Spinach
1/4 teaspoon Holy Basil
1 Tbsp Chlorella
1 Tbsp Chia Seed


Recipe 3: Holy Basil Tea (Simple!)

1/4 tsp Holy Basil
Sweetener of choice
(Stevia or Honey are mine)

Bring water to just under a boil and add the holy basil and stevia. If you want, you can add a little chaga as well. This tea, if you use the holy basil extract we have sourced that is cold extracted, will be very tasty and very potent.

You can get holy basil or Tulsi tea in the health food store, but like I said earlier it’s potency is likely no match for what we’ve found. (Here’s where you can get high quality holy basil now.)

So, enjoy these recipes and make one soon, particularly if you tend to feel the stress coming on thick!

I want to know your thoughts: Do you have any holy basil or tulsi recipes or experiences you’d like to share?

Think You’re Suffering from Adrenal Stress?

If you’re always tired, irritable, stressed out, can’t get out of bed, can’t sleep, or feel like you can’t deal with people anymore – you may be experiencing low to extreme adrenal burnout.

If you want a system that will help you get back to normal and regain your energy, be sure to read this article here…


Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Lisa says:

    Woo hoo! I ordered some over the weekend…should arrive by Monday. Can’t wait to try out these recipes! 🙂

  2. Carol says:

    I love you guys. But, every time you use unwashed greens it freaks me out! That stuff is filled with caterpillars, flies, insects, dirt, sand, lord knows what. (Especially assuming that you use organic.) YUCK! What gives?

  3. Anna21 says:

    Sounds yummy. I have been looking for a good coffee substitute and it looks like this will fit the bill. It might even taste better than coffee. I’m just curious, what were some of your ill-advised experiments? My adrenal fatigue was caused by a coffee addiction, and working way too many hours a week.

  4. Amashimah says:

    This all sounds delish…I have 2 really beautiful holy basil plants in my garden…what about using the whole plant…steeping it in water. I realize the extract is more potent, and you can reach therapeutic levels with it, but any thoughts on using the whole plant fresh from the garden?
    Thanks for all you do! <3

  5. Tami says:

    …about caterpillars – a veterinarian once told me it just adds to the daily protein intake 🙂

    I have a question: if I prefer the raw and fresh leaves – how do I know the difference between sweet basil and the holy one?

  6. Ry says:

    Attention: HAL. What else can you tell me about F3? Appreciated. mtmtmt@hotmail.com

  7. suzette says:

    Hey there 🙂 I’ve got a question. On busy days I find that I’m not hydrating enough, and before I know it it’s time to eat and I’m thinking that if I eat a meal, then I can’t drink a lot after because my digestive juices will get diluted. And sometimes a quick meal will even include a component of dehydrated crackers or kale chips so I really feel the need to drink. So when this happens I just pop a few good digestive enzyme capsules and drink all I want. Is that okay?

  8. Liz says:

    Most people won’t think this is an unusual green smoothie ingredient – I certainly don’t. But then, I prefer more savory smoothies a lot of the time with peppers, tomatoes, celery, cilantro, etc. But my 12-year old son said I should say bell peppers. Can you tell they aren’t in his top 10 foods?

  9. Debra says:

    This was great! As a health coach, I really appreciate all the great recipes you guys share. I share them with friends and clients and am always sending people to your site. Thanks for your dedication to bring us quality information, with a pinch of humor. You two are the greatest. I know that whenever I watch your clips I am going to learn something new, or be re-educated to something with a new twist. I’m looking forward to trying the tea and will let you know my thoughts on it. If it works as well as you claim, I will be sharing this recipe with others I know who deal with high stress livestyles. Nothing like a good cup of tea!!!

  10. cyntac says:

    Hi, Your tea sounds really good! I will give it a try. I think you do a wonderful job and i appreciate all of your knowledge and helpful tips. I have been stressed out and drinking some chaga tea but Tulsi is what i need. I’m so glad i tuned in today. Thanks again!

  11. Cassie Rhea says:

    Thank you for the recipe, Kevin and Annemarie! I just used my last 1/2 tsp of Holy Basil to make your tea…although, I didn’t have all the spices, I mortar-and-pestled a few spices from a spice jar I got here in Doha, Qatar…cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom, dried ginger, star anise and one other spice I am not sure what it is. I let them simmer for about 15 minutes and added a spoonful of coconut milk and a little honey…YUMMY!
    Thank you, again, for all you do!

    Cassie Rhea

  12. Donaji says:

    Do you think I’d have the same benefits if I’m taking a pill supplement? I started just a few day ago but haven’t noticed anything different.

  13. PLISSON says:

    I shall purchase Tulsi here in France.

    I make a smoothie with

    nettles (only upper leaves, no stem)
    fresh pollen

  14. Joanne says:

    I have watched hours and hours of your videos, I always love them, and Sooo appreciate the wealth of knowledge you have to share.
    Today I just HAD to post that you made me LOL…completely off topic but… when you compared your kitty “running around like crazy” to understanding what having kids is like… well… I’d just like to say thanks for the great laugh. And this comes to you with a huge smile.. ( no sarcasm!) I know you have nieces and nephews and so probably really do understand the difference between a kid and a kitty! 🙂
    It was just so funny!!

  15. maca says:

    This is a great recipe, although I think it might be quite expensive with so many ingredients. I prefer to keep things simple wherever possible.

  16. Oreganol says:

    I would also like to know how to use the holy basil for tea or other recipes if we are able to start with the fresh leaves/plants instead of packages or extracts. I have a whole patch of holy basil going in the garden (probably around 100 plants) and I am trying to figure out exactly what to do with it. The plants have already gone to seed and we are approaching the hot summer season here in South Texas, so I will need to use the leaves soon.

    If we want to make a tea from it, can we just use the fresh leaves and steep them or should they be dried first? Or is there a way to extract the essential oils from the plant without needing to purchase anything that is very expensive?

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