9 Teas for Different Moods Slideshow
October 25, 2012
Calm or Relaxed
Ripps recommends teas that include chamomile or lemongrass, which are ideal for calming the body and relaxing the system.
A cup of tea can equal happiness? Try tisanes that have natural mood-boosting properties, including lemon verbena and rooibos, Ripps says.
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Green tea promotes energy without the jitters, Ripps says. A black chai is also an excellent energy blend, as the black tea contains a healthy dose of caffeine (but still about 1/3 as much as a cup of coffee), and chai spices perk up your entire system.
4. Productive — Sip a green tea or a yerba mate in order to up production and focus. If you’re trying to avoid caffeine, Ripps says, there are also some great non-caffeinated options. Peppermint tea promotes focus and energy without any caffeine concerns. Black tea is also known to help cognitive function. In a new study, promoted by the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health, two cups of black tea per day has been shown to raise alertness, attention span, and even enhance work performance. (Don’t tell the bosses that.)
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What kinds of teas are ideal for a "sleepy time" tea? Chamomile, rooibos, and lavender are the best choices; these tisanes relax the body and are the ideal nightcap.
Stave off stress with a rooibos, honey bush, or herbal chai blend, Ripps says. If you need to calm some jitters, try a tea with ginger (which soothes the stomach), or a calming chamomile-ginger tisane.
To recharge that creative spark, Ripps recommends energizing or hydrating blends. Rooibos tisanes are rich in electrolytes and can help rid your mind and body of "drag," or try an energy-boosting genmaicha or green tea to promote the creative process.
Under the Weather
Ripps shares that chai spices have been proven to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as do herbal blends that include ginger, stinging nettle, and fennel. A less herbaceous immunity blend? Mother knows best: sipping chamomile tea is an excellent way to combat winter woes.
"In the Mood"
Blends with vanilla and basil are natural aphrodisiacs, Ripps says. Maybe skip the bottle of wine and grab the tea kettle on a hot date.