There’s nothing quite like a nice cup of tea and thank goodness there exists one for almost every occasion! If you’re like us and can’t stand the taste of coffee and aren’t looking for a massive, or any, caffeine hit, tea is the answer. And unlike coffee, the flavours and effects of tea can be customized to suit your individual mood that day or night. Whatever you’re feeling, read on to find out what the best types of tea are for each and every mood you may encounter.
Term Papers Got You Down: Lavender
Every girl you dated in college had that potpourri satchel in her bathroom for a reason:
According to a study published in February 2006 in “Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi” by Keukdong College, Korea, the aroma of lavender relieved depression and insomnia in female college students.
Need Some Get-Up-And Go: Black
Case of the Mondays? Put on the kettle and let the bags steep. Black tea has a lot of caffeine. It also contains a little bit of a stimulating substance called theophylline. Both can get your heart started and make you feel more alert. Save the cooled tea bags to pop on those under-eye bags so the boss won’t clue into your Sunday night karaoke habit.
Nervous About the Coffee Shop Date: Green
Need to push through a mid-afternoon date or meeting at the coffee shop but don’t want any crash or nervous jitters? Green tea is the best choice as you get a nice, and more importantly, manageable caffeine boost. It’ll also help you stay sharp during what is often a ‘down’ part of the day:
In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains.
Feeling old and Stressed: White
Researchers at London’s Kingston University feel that white tea could prove effective in reducing and preventing wrinkles. Among all of 21 unique compounds tested, white tea was discovered to contain by far the greatest amount of antioxidants. White tea may also reduce blood sugar and improve the symptoms of diabetes. This amazing tea has shown to reduce stress and yet increase energy levels. Now who doesn’t want to have more zip throughout the afternoon?
Need a Sugar-Free Thirst Quencher: Hibiscus Iced Tea (Agua Jamaica)
Mexicans call it Agua Jamaica (the ‘J’ is pronounced like an ‘H’) and use it to wash down tacos in a lemonade-type concoction. The rest of the world knows the Hibiscus flower to be a calming tea. However, if you’re looking to make a sugar-free iced tea alternative at home, boil a handful of hibiscus flowers in a pot, then drain and chill over ice to enjoy a slightly tart and extremely refreshing no-caf beverage during the hot summer months, or anytime!
Hangover Blues: Ginger
Ginger isn’t only a palate cleanser between all you can eat sushi courses: it is a time-tested and true remedy for nausea and seasickness. But even if you’re not suffering from the effects of the open bar on an all-inclusive cruise, it’s a great way to get over the morning after a big night before. So before you hit the all-day breakfast for a plate of greasy bacon and eggs to cure those hangover blues, make yourself some ginger tea to kickstart that alcohol digestion so you can feel better and start drinking again after brunch.
Digestive Pain: Chamomile (Manzanilla)
If you’re at a Mexican all-inclusive and Moctezuma’s revenge has your lower guts in a knot, you’ll be out of luck asking for Chamomile, amigo…unless you know that the Mexican word for the same intestine-easing tea is Manzanilla. It has the same soothing benefits no matter where you are or what you call it. You can also mix up a topical Chamomile solution to ease the pain of that sunburn you got when you fell asleep by the pool.
Need Some Late Night Calm: Rooibos
Rooibos tea has zero caffeine, so it may be just the thing if you’re an insomnia sufferer looking for a nice warm drink. You’ll also sleep better knowing that the US Department of Agriculture has confirmed that red rooibos tea has many verified health benefits including reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, premature aging and other serious conditions.
Bloated and Sluggish? Peppermint, but Be Careful!
Peppermint tea is also caffeine-free, so if you’re bloated and sluggish after a large meal at night it will do double duty of aiding in digestion and not keeping you awake. However, the same factors that aid in digestion can cause unintended side effects:
According to the University of Maryland, peppermint can actually make you TOO relaxed, and loosen the sphincter muscle which closes off the stomach from the esophagus. This can cause stomach acid to pour back into the esophagus and make heartburn or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) related acid reflux worse. So heartburn sufferers should definitely avoid Peppermint and stick to Chamomile instead.