Hello, is this the deity of whom I am drinking?
When Heidi asked me whether I felt it was any sort of theological compromise to be drinking Rama, Krishna, Vana, and Brahmi, I gave her the only response I was qualified to give: “Hey, whatever works.” Now, evidently due to my good friend’s compact packing logistics, I am heir to this holy herbal tea. And yes, the ingredients are Hindu deities, or perhaps some of their close associates, most of which belong to the basil family, and one of which is a pennywort.
The tea is called Tulsi Gotu Kola. The ingredients are listed as:
Organic Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
Organic Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
Organic Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum)
Organic Brahmi (Centella asiatica)
One can readily see that Rama and Krishna co-occupy the domain of holy basil, while the avatar of Vana represents the most holy gracious basil. Brahmi is a mere Asian pennywort.
What the tea is good for is also listed helpfully on the green box:
Promotes calmness & clarity
Rich in natural Antioxidants
I have no doubt I am in particular need of adaptogens, because I don’t adapt well to anything. I’m very spontaneous as long as nothing upsets my routine. And nearly everyone probably needs immune modulation from time to time.
(The tea is actually very good with a healthy swig of coconut syrup. I feel very well looked after.)