Calm or Relaxed from 9 Teas for Different Moods Slideshow

9 Teas for Different Moods Slideshow

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Calm or Relaxed

Ripps recommends teas that include chamomile or lemongrass, which are ideal for calming the body and relaxing the system.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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