Everyone has heard of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. Well, it is that time of year when the days are darker earlier and you feel like all you do is sleep in your office. Driving home is a drain because you feel like it’s midnight.
Getting the blues is easy this time of year. However, these teas are proven to boost your mood alleviate those seasonal boo hoo’s! Give them a try.
Ginger root is sometimes called the “universal medicine.” This pungent herb improves alertness and mood. Its calming properties help lower your stress and tension. This is thought to be due to a combination of the strong aroma and healing properties.
Traditional healers have long recommended chamomile tea as a simple, healthy (and delicious!) way to relieve anxiety, and current scientific studies support this tea’s long-time reputation as a stress reliever and nerve relaxant, showing it to be an effective way to reduce anxiety and depression.
Inducing relaxation is a traditional use of lavender tea, primarily because of the soothing aroma. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that scientific studies suggest that inhaling the scent of lavender may slow nervous system activity, promoting relaxation. This can help with anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression
Lemon Balm Tea
Drinking lemon balm tea can have a calming effect and help to induce sleep. Many studies have investigated lemon balm’s use in treating insomnia and anxiety, but most of the clinical trials used a combination of lemon balm and other herbs like valerian, hops and chamomile, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
This reddish, earth tea is quite calming. Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it’s known to help people to feel calm and relaxed.