I don’t know about you, but there are some points throughout the day where I could do with a pick me up – after lunch is a very good example of this. Unfortunately, there are only so many cups of coffee that you can drink before you start feeling jittery. On the other hand, herbal teas or infusions as they are so often called, can give you that little bit of energy without any side effects. Here are some of the best herbal teas for energy.
Originally a staple tea in China, green tea has been increasingly growing in popularity in the Western world. Produced from the fresh leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, green tea is packed full of antioxidants and is said to lower cholesterol, reduce blood sugar levels and potentially help you lose weight.
Green tea can boost your energy levels as it contains caffeine. However, green tea also contains L-theanine an amino acid that is said to neutralize the effects of caffeine on the body. This means you get your energy boost without the jittery side-effects.
Additionally, experts state that L-theanine can help with your mental focus. I wouldn’t drink too many cups of green tea a day, stick to a maximum of 3 cups daily.
The root of the Ginseng plant has been used traditionally in Chinese medicine for centuries. Although there is not much evidence, ginseng is said to boost the immune system, act as an antioxidant, lower blood sugar levels and improve mental performance.
There are two types of ginseng: Korean (Asian) ginseng, which is said to be most nutrient-rich kind and American ginseng.
Ginseng is one of a group of herbs called adaptogens. The term was coined in 1947 by N.V. Lazarev, a scientist who defined “adaptogens” as ‘agents which help an organism to counteract any adverse effects of a physical, chemical or biological stressor by generating nonspecific resistance’.
Essentially, these herbs can stimulate the immune system and improve adrenal health, which can help with your overall well-being. Ginseng is one of the best herbs for mental clarity. It helps to fight fatigue and stress while improving cognitive function.
Yerba Mate Tea
Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a tea that is popular in South America. Brewed using the dried leaves and twigs of the plant, yerba mate is said to provide you with the boost of coffee but without the side effects – it even contains caffeine. Instead, it is packed full of nutrients like magnesium and potassium.
Yerba mate is one of the best herbal teas for energy. As well as an increase in energy levels, drinking yerba mate will boost concentration, improve physical endurance, help with weight maintenance, aid digestion, and support cardiovascular health.
Licorice Root Tea
Licorice root, apart from being naturally sweet and tasty, has actually been used in both Western and Eastern medicine for years. It contains a compound called glycyrrhizin acid that has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral properties and more.
In relation to fatigue, licorice root is similar to ginseng in that it is an adaptogen. Studies have shown that Glycyrrhizin acid can improve adrenal function by balancing cortisol levels in the body. This can help to prevent adrenal fatigue, in which symptoms include: ongoing tiredness and inability to focus.
Warning: licorice root tea should not be taken if you have high blood pressure or heart problems!
Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair tree, is native to China and is pretty much one of the oldest living species of trees. Traditionally rooted in Chinese medicine, ginkgo biloba has become a common supplement in the Western world.
Ginkgo biloba is typically used to treat dementia, improve memory, stimulate blood flow, combat premenstrual syndrome and more. The herb is also considered to be an adaptogen, which means that it can give your adrenal function a boost and gently raise energy levels.
Rhodiola, commonly known as golden root, has been used for a variety of conditions. Although there is not a great deal of scientific evidence, some studies have shown that rhodiola can improve memory, raise energy levels, strengthen the nervous system and even support muscle recovery after prolonged workouts.
Additionally, some consider rhodiola to be an adaptogen, a potent one at that. As mentioned above, adaptogens support adrenal function and promote overall wellness.
Herbal teas for energy are a great alternative to drinking coffee. You won’t suffer from an energy crash and they give you the gentle boost you need without feeling on edge. If you’re weaning off coffee think about using one of these teas as a replacement.