When you need energy…
My favourite tea to drink in the morning has always been black tea – I find that it gives me just the right energy boost to help me wake up!
Black tea comes in many different varieties including Breakfast Tea, Assam, Earl Grey, fruit-infused and more. It contains around 60 mg of caffeine per cup. It is known to have health benefits including being good for the heart, blood sugar levels and immune system.
Green tea is another great choice for energy. I particularly like the fruit-infused variety. It has less caffeine but it contains a substance that causes the caffeine to release slowly, so your energy level will be stable throughout the day. It’s also said to help accelerate weight loss, lower blood pressure and boost immune health.
Yerba Mate is the third choice for giving you that energy lift that you need. It’s the national drink of Argentina and contains more caffeine than green tea, but is also slow-release. It has a slight smoky taste and is traditionally drunk from a clay gourd. It has many health benefits, and has also been shown to increase performance and endurance.
When you need to relax…
How about some teas to help you feel sleepy? The first one that comes to mind for most people would probably be chamomile tea, because it is known to soothe and relax. It works as a mild tranquilizer, relaxing the mind and muscles. As well as having a calming effect, it can also enhance the mood and help relieve feelings of depression and anxiety.
A third suggestion is Valerian root tea. Valerian is one of the most popular herbs to help with sleep, and it has been used for many years to calm nerves and to treat insomnia and headaches too. Studies have shown that it improves the quality of sleep, and helps you to fall asleep quicker.
When you’re stressed…
Peppermint tea can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. The menthol in peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant and aids in combating mental stress.
Another option is ginseng tea. It reduces stress by increasing blood flow to the brain, as well as enhancing mood and promoting calmness and better energy levels. Some studies have shown that users can feel that their wellbeing has improved after using ginseng.
It has also been shown to help with digestion, nausea and menstrual cramps.
When you feel moody/hormonal…
Some studies have shown that Saffron can help to lift the mood, reduce cortisol, and effectively treat PMS symptoms. To make saffron tea, just add a few saffron threads to hot water along with a few other spices of your choice and some sugar/honey to taste!
Another spice that influences the mood is Turmeric, which can help regulate serotonin and dopamine levels. Studies have shown that it has a positive impact on cognitive function, and may even be an effective treatment for depression.
When you have a bad tummy…
One tea that helps with digestion is fennel tea. It relaxes the digestive muscles and prevents the formation of gas, also relieving bloating, cramping and constipation. It can even help to rebuild damaged tissues in the digestive tract.
Another tea that can help calm your stomach is ginger tea. It has been shown to soothe the digestive tract and is widely known to relieve nausea. You can buy ginger tea, or you can make it yourself by grating a small amount of fresh ginger, adding hot water, and leaving it to steep for a bit.
Rooibos tea is also effective, as it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help to alleviate pain and cramps. As an additional bonus, it’s also great for the skin and can give you a more youthful complexion!