True story: Up until about six months ago, I used to be a major coffee addict. And I wasn’t just one of those types that needed the caffeine (although, it was certainly an added benefit); I actually enjoyed the taste of an ice-cold brew or a hot latte every morning, and it became somewhat of a ritual. So it may be a bit surprising to you that I recently made the decision to forgo my morning brew and go completely cold turkey. I was dealing with some added stress at the time that quickly escalated into feelings of anxiety, and my daily trip to Starbucks only seemed to make things worse.
While giving up the actual coffee was surprisingly easy in itself, I still longed for a cup of something to get me through the day. Enter my newest addiction: tea. I quickly learned that sipping on a cup or two of green tea was energizing, comforting and not at all anxiety-inducing. In fact, quite the opposite. I’ve noticed my total switch has lessened feelings of anxiety significantly across this six-month period.
Whether you’re dealing with anxiety like me, battling a cold or just looking for some other reasons to start drinking more tea, read on. Below is our roundup of the best teas for every situation:
If you can’t sleep or you’re feeling anxious
Chamomile Tea: Chamomile, made from the chamomile flower, is a caffeine-free white tea that is known for its calming properties. If you’re struggling with insomnia or feeling anxious, chamomile is a great tea to add to your repertoire.
If you need to focus
Green Tea: While it may not have as much caffeine as coffee, the amount it does have is enough to give you a pick-me-up without the jittery effect that coffee sometimes has. But besides just waking you up, studies have shown that green tea can actually assist in brain function and improve memory, making it a great add-on to your workday.
If you need to give your immune system a boost
Matcha Tea: Matcha has been all over Instagram feeds for the past few years and for good reason. It is filled with vitamins and minerals (such as vitamins A & C, potassium and calcium) that promote a strong immune system and help fight off infection and disease.
If you have a cold
Lemongrass Tea: Lemongrass is known to have antifungal and antibacterial properties that are great for remedying a cold or flu. Besides being filled with vitamin C, it can also help break down mucus and clear up any congestion.
If you need to feel energized
Peppermint Tea: If you’re looking to swap out your morning brew, peppermint tea is a great pick. This tea is stimulating for the mind and body, and can perk you up in the a.m. or during that afternoon slump.
If you have a stomach ache or a headache
Ginger Tea: Considering ginger ale is still one of the remedies we turn to when feeling nauseous or hungover, this one should be a no-brainer. Although definitely a healthier alternative to the soda version, ginger tea is a great solution to an upset stomach, nausea, digestion issues and yup, even headaches.