When you think of tea, many only consider two options: sweet or unsweet. Few people are aware of the wide range of herbs, leaves and spices that are used to create different flavors with various health benefits.
Teas have the power to boost our energy or calm our anxiety. They are often rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote better health. From Asia to South America, teas have been around for centuries as a remedy for sleep, relaxation, energy, mood and immune system.
Here is a brief list to help explore the different effects of tea:
When you want to relax: lemongrass or chamomile: Chamomile tea is a cupboard essential. It is well know for its ability to calm and relax restlessness in both adults and babies. Lemongrass tea aids in digestion and reduce aches and pains in the body. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety symptoms, all of which allow for greater relaxation.
When you are feeling sad: Lemon verbena and rooibos: Lemon verbena has a therapeutic effect on the body that can greatly improve your mood. Rooibos tea reduces anxiety and stress levels while increasing feelings of happiness.
When you need a boost: Black chai and green tea: Black chai tea and green tea are both notable for their energy boosting effects, making them ideal for early mornings or midday crashes. Both are rich in antioxidants and fight inflammation. Unlike coffee, these teas give you caffeine without the jitters and both green and black tea contain the amino acid L-theanine, which has been shown to improve cognition and mood when combined with caffeine.
When you can’t sleep: Chamomile and lavender: On those nights you find it difficult to fall asleep, try sipping on chamomile or lavender tea. Chamomile as mentioned before helps the body relax and in doing so can gently promote sleep. Lavender reduces stress and painful aches that may interfere with restful sleep.
When you’re feeling sick: Ginseng, Dandelion and Chamomile: All three of these teas have been around for centuries as natural cold remedies. Ginseng may provide a boost in energy, so avoid sipping at night. Dandelion is loaded in antioxidants and minerals that greatly support the body’s immune system. Among its abilities to stimulate sleep and relaxation, chamomile also helps to ward off colds and improve cardiovascular health.