Did you know that the first kettle was created in China almost 500 years ago? Tea reached Europe much later, becoming a popular beverage of British aristocrats in the 17th century.
The noble drink has deservedly achieved world fame, over the centuries confirming the positive effects on health, mood, vitality, and concentration. However, what we call tea today can be hot, cold, or contain no tea leaves at all, being almost any collection of herbs, flowers, berries that need to be brewed before consumption.
Among the thousands of mixes and varieties of tea that exist on the market, you can easily choose the one you need right now – guided by well-being and emotions.
Let’s consider the categories of interesting tea, or rather the positive effects that the body will receive during tea time.
To cheer up and concentrate
- A cup of green tea contains 25-35 mg of caffeine, as well as L-theanine, a natural relaxant and mood stimulator. This amino acid promotes the absorption of caffeine, which provides a charge of energy not in the form of an explosion from a triple espresso, but keeping the body in a good mood for several hours.
- One cup of black tea contains about 40-60 mg of caffeine. Accordingly, this drink activates twice as strongly, awakening the body and mobilizing the ability to concentrate.
- A mate tea – it is made by soaking dried leaves of the holly species yerba-mate and is rich in caffeine, contains the alkaloid theobromine, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which create the perfect combination to stimulate energy.
Ever since mate, which came from South America, became fashionable, it can be bought in almost any supermarket, however, to brew it properly, you need to master the whole science.
To calm down and fall asleep
- The miraculous properties of the infusion of chamomile flowers are known around the world. Make strong chamomile tea after a hard day and you will definitely relax and fall asleep faster.
- Lavender tea works similarly: a fragrant drink will help you calm down, feel cozy and comfortable when you go to bed.
- Valerian tea has a similar effect, but it has a bitter-sweet taste and a specific aroma, which is not liked by everyone, and therefore inferior to the popularity of chamomile and lavender teas.
To get rid of anxiety and relax
Tea has no equal in the ability to calm the nerves. By brewing tea as a morning drink, you will not only cheer up but also get rid of nervousness in anticipation of a difficult day.
- Passionflower tea is an excellent stimulant that triggers the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system that helps calm and focuses without spraying yourself on everything at once.
- Ginseng tea is ideal for combating moral exhaustion caused by prolonged stress.
- Mint tea, well-known to our mothers and grandmothers, contains menthol, which helps reduce psychological stress.
- Lemongrass tea is not a well-known drink, although it has many benefits, surprisingly effectively reducing stress levels. The reason is the high concentration of minerals and unforgettable aroma recommended by naturopaths in the fight against chronic anxiety.
To feel yourself happier
- Saffron tea copes well with emotional jumps from the time of PMS because saffron activates serotonin neurotransmitters, which will make you feel better and get rid of exhausting mood swings.
- Green tea and spicy tea with turmeric also stimulate the production of serotonin and dopamine receptors, providing a double blow to positive feelings.
- Tea with orange peel or blossom is no less good if you need to improve your mood and stop being sad, at least for a while.
To cleanse the body of toxins
- Dandelion tea is the right choice if you dare to take a radical detox. The infusion of these weeds has long been used by Chinese healers and North American Indians as a natural liver cleanser.
- Nettle tea is known as a diuretic that copes with inflammation of the genitourinary system.
- Green tea also stimulates the kidneys, and also contains EGCG, which helps speed up metabolism by burning more calories.
- Fennel tea is simply indispensable if you suffer from bloating or abdominal cramps.
- Ginger tea helps reduce nausea and reduces the effect of pumping during travel.
- Pay attention to the rooibos tea. This hot drink native to South Africa is rich in the antioxidant flavonoid quercetin, which protects against free radicals and helps reduce colic, cramps, upset stomach, and diarrhea.
Rooibos quenches thirst and tones well, as well as a great substitute for coffee for those who are contraindicated in caffeine because it does not contain it.
For the same reason, rooibos tea can be drunk by young children, and the presence of glucose in its composition makes it taste sweet without the use of sugar.
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