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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create an infusion of tulsi leaves. Infusion is a method of extracting desired compounds from plant material by steeping the material in hot or cold water, depending on the plant and its attributes.

To show you’ve completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your tulsi leaves being harvested
- a picture of the infusion being made
- a picture of the finished infusion
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I love this herb and grew lots this year. I use it in a Vietnamese chicken salad which is a family favourite. (My Vietnamese Kitchen by Uyen Luu

I picked 5 small sprigs. I added a mug of water to a pan which i heated until small bubbles appeared. I added the herbs and let steep for about 20 minutes. I drank the infusion when it was just warm - very refreshing.
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Bravo on being the first to do this BB!

 
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I copied Edward’s formulation, but attempted to double it. Not sure I really took twice as much leaves though. My mom bought this plant by mistake from the local nature center. So I made us both a cup.

Surprisingly good without and sweetener.
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Harvest
Harvest
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Prepped leaves
Prepped leaves
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Dropped leaves in water
Dropped leaves in water
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Finished product
Finished product
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Nikki Roche approved this submission.
Note: Great job getting your first Natural Medicine BB complete!

 
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First time trying tulsi tea, it’s good! Sort of like peppermint without the mint flavor.

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Harvesting tulsi leaves
Harvesting tulsi leaves
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My collection of leaves
My collection of leaves
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Preparing for infusion
Preparing for infusion
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Making the infusion
Making the infusion
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Let it steep
Let it steep
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Finished infusion
Finished infusion
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Nikki Roche approved this submission.
Note: Great job with thorough documentation! I certify this badge bit as complete.

 
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Tulsi Infusion - this was the very first herb I started growing and peaked my interest in herbs.
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Harvesting
Harvesting
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Heating up water
Heating up water
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Pouring hot water over fresh leaves - we use 4-6 leaves
Pouring hot water over fresh leaves - we use 4-6 leaves
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This is our favorite tea! We drink it 2-3 times a week.
This is our favorite tea! We drink it 2-3 times a week.
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I didn't do any gardening in 2023 thanks to illness, but my tulsi basil comes back on its own every year without fail!

I have always had intentions of drinking tulsi tea regularly but I never have picked up the habit. Perhaps now is a good time while I'm nursing since it's a lactogenic herb :)

Here's my first cup!
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Note: This BB is complete!

 
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