If you depend on coffee to jolt yourself awake in the morning but find your energy crashing later, you may want to try substituting your coffee for one of these refreshing teas.
Herbal brews have been around for centuries to heal, soothe and invigorate. Although they may not give a buzz like coffee, most are uplifting to all the senses and provide a more steady feeling of vitality.
Lemongrass may have come into your vision because of Thai cuisine.
However, it also makes for a refreshing tea. It can help aid digestion. Make a tea by boiling 150g of ground or finely sliced lemon grass boiled together with 1.8l of water. Simmer for 20 minutes, then add sugar to taste.
Peppermint is usually thought of as a cure for gas and bloating. Besides alleviating gas, it can also be used to to pep up your life. Containing magnesium, calcium and potassium, these trace minerals may also help you to regain vigour. Drink the tea before and after meals.
3. Yerba Mate
Yerba mate is from the rainforests of South America. In tribal culture It has traditionally been used to improve focus and energy. Although It is not entirely caffeine-free, it comes loaded with many vitamins and minerals. You can prepare Yerba mate like a tea and drink it hot or cold.
Licorice tea has a lovely distinctive depth of flavor to it, which combines well with many other herbs. It can help boot energy levels in several ways. If your digestive system is sluggish, licorice will help restore your natural rhythms. Licorice helps to detoxify the liver, and an optimum-functioning liver helps overall energy levels.
5. Sweet and Holy Basil
These delicious herbs are helpful in reducing fatigue. In India, Holy Basil has been used for its healing properties for over 3000 years. It is thought to balance the body’s energy centers. Take a tincture of Holy Basil three times a day. You can also incorporate more basil into your diet by experimenting with pesto and vinegar – far more lively flavors than coffee!
Although your immediate associations of rosemary are with chicken or lamb, it stands by itself as wonderfully fragrant, mildly stimulating herb. It contains decent amounts of vitamin B6, calcium and iron. Regular consumers of rosemary tea report improvements in their concentration and energy.
There are several types of ginseng. Perhaps the most famous, Panax Ginseng, has been used for over 5000 years. Its name is derived from a Greek word ‘panacea’ meaning ‘cure all.’ Boosting mental and physical stamina is among the many benefits of this wonder-plant.
Ashwagandha means ‘smell of the horse’ in Sanskrit and is otherwise known as ‘Indian Ginseng.’ Prepare for a kick when you take this herb! It is highly revered in Ayurvedic medicine for its power to rejuvenate. One cup of Ashwagandha tea can revitalize the mind and body.
Tips for buying and brewing teas
Check your local health food store for these teas. Most of them are widely available, either online or in-store. Look for a reputable brand and follow the directions carefully. If you’re a green-fingered sort and interested in making your own, why not? Herbs can bring so much more to your life than just increased energy.