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How to Find the Perfect Tea for Your Mood

Find the Perfect Tea for Your Mood

Tea has come a long way since someone decided to drop a few leaves of a plant they found into hot water. In the millennia since then, it has grown into a science, with many different types of teas, blends, research, and studies on their psychological and physiological effects. 

One effect of tea has been well-documented and threaded through history: its influence on mood. Today, we’ll take some time to examine the connection between tea and mood enhancement to help you find the perfect brew for every emotional state.

The Connection Between Your Mood and Tea

Over the last few centuries, science and psychology have intensively studied tea and its impact on mood, so it isn’t just a spur-of-the-moment idea; it has actually been confirmed by science and psychology. Several studies have found that tea contains several compounds that can help regulate your mood. Caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, can increase alertness and focus, as we all know from coffee. The other component is L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation without drowsiness, which is basically the two sides of the coin. Depending on their strength in different teas, these compounds, together with different herbal components, are responsible for the effects of different types of tea.

When you look at tea as a whole, you will find a lot of different categories, such as green, black, oolong, white, and herbal, some of them with several sub-categories on top of that. Each type has its unique flavour profile and chemical composition, influencing your mood differently. Green tea, for example, contains high levels of antioxidants and moderate caffeine content, creating a balance of stimulation and tranquillity. On the other hand, black tea has full oxidation, resulting in far more robust flavours and a more pronounced caffeine kick. And if you want to avoid caffeine altogether, herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, contain no caffeine at all, so you can get the most out of their soothing properties. 

Boosting Energy and Focus

Many of us need a little kickstart in the morning or something to hold us over during the day. If you don’t want to resort to coffee, there’s a tea for that. The leading candidate is black tea derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. It has a strong flavour profile and moderate caffeine content, so it’s just the right thing to give you a natural energy boost. The nice thing about black tea is that its caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, bringing you alertness and higher cognitive function without giving you the jittery side effects that often come with coffee. This is complemented by L-theanine, an amino acid that works with caffeine to provide a calm focus.

If you’re looking for a more concentrated boost of caffeine and antioxidants, consider matcha, a finely ground green tea powder with a vibrant green colour and a more earthy flavour. Compared to traditionally brewed green tea, matcha contains considerably higher levels of caffeine and L-theanine, providing a more sustained energy boost and improved mental clarity. Incorporating these teas into your daily routine can help you increase productivity and focus without resorting to other stimulants.

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Calming and Relaxation

On the other side of the coin, when you feel stressed or agitated, you will want to go in the entirely opposite direction and look for calming relaxation. For centuries, the mainstay in this category has been chamomile tea, which comes from the dried flowers of the Matricaria chamomilla plant. It’s best known for its calming properties and delicate floral aroma, and some of its compounds like apigenin promote natural relaxation and reduce anxiety.

If you want to aim for a balance, then green tea is a great choice. It has a lower caffeine content and has a lot of antioxidants, allowing you to calm down, but without feeling lethargic or sluggish.

Uplifting Spirits

We all have experienced days when we just feel down and out and feel like we need something comforting to lift our spirits. Citrus-infused herbal teas and lightly oxidized oolong teas are a great choice with their bright flavours. Lemon balm tea, coming from the leaves of the Melissa officinalis plant, has a refreshing citrus scent and a zesty flavour profile that reminds you of sunshine and vitality. The natural oils in lemon balm contain compounds like citral and citronellal, which possess mood-enhancing properties and can help dissipate feelings of sadness or lethargy.

Along the same lines, oolong tea, a semi-oxidized tea with a quite nuanced flavour profile ranging from floral to fruity, can uplift your spirits and wake up your senses. The combination of aromatics and flavours in oolong tea helps find some respite from the daily grind. Whether you opt for a traditional Tieguanyin or a modern Dong Ding, oolong tea is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Aiding Digestion

No matter what your mood is, if your digestive system decides to revolt, it can dampen even the brightest of dispositions. Thankfully, there’s a tea for that—even more than one, with peppermint and ginger having been staples for millennia. Peppermint leaves of the Mentha piperita plant have a refreshing minty flavour and a natural ability to eliminate digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and indigestion. The menthol in peppermint tea acts as a natural muscle relaxant, calming gastrointestinal spasms and helping digestion.

Similarly, ginger tea, brewed from the rhizome of the Zingiber officinale plant, is renowned for its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties. Gingerols, the active compounds found in ginger, stimulate digestive enzymes and promote gastric movement, helping to soothe symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness. Whether hot or cold, ginger tea offers a warming sensation that soothes the stomach and calms the senses, making it an ideal choice for digestive support.

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Promoting Sleep and Relaxation

A good night’s sleep can prepare you for a productive day, so selecting the right tea the night before can set you up for success. Herbal blends containing ingredients like valerian root and lavender can nudge your body toward a deep and restful slumber without the stimulating effects of caffeine. Valerian root tea, derived from the Valeriana officinalis plant, has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for insomnia and sleep disturbances. Valerenic acid, the active compound found in valerian root, is a sedative and anxiolytic that promotes relaxation and calmness.

Lavender tea is infused with the delicate floral aroma of Lavandula angustifolia flowers, soothes the mind and prepares the body for sleep. Linalool, the primary aromatic compound found in lavender, has soothing properties and can help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.

Creating Your Tea Mood Board

Similarly to a playlist on your phone you can select depending on your mood, you can also create a tea mood board. As you try out different teas, note down their effects on you, and you can use this to set up an array of teas you can draw from, depending on how you feel, whether a calming camomile tea, a cool minty green tea on a hot summer day or a comforting spicy chai during a chilly fall evening.

How to Brew the Perfect Cup

Many people just drop a bag of tea into boiling water, but there’s more to brewing the perfect cup: a mix of temperature, timing, and technique. Each type of tea requires specific brewing parameters to unlock its full flavour potential and mood-enhancing benefits. For example, green tea is best brewed at lower temperatures (around 175°F) for a shorter duration (1-3 minutes), whereas black tea works best at higher temperatures (around 200°F) for a longer steeping time (3-5 minutes).

For some, the act of brewing itself is part of the mood-enhancing process, from appreciating the aroma of the dry leaves and watching the steam rise from the teapot to watching the water change colour as the tea brews.

Find Your Perfect Tea Match

As we mentioned above, there’s tea for pretty much every mood, whether you want a boost, to relax, or to help with emotional or digestive turmoil. Not every tea works the same for everyone, and within the different categories are many different kinds with their own flavours and subtleties, so we encourage you to experiment and try a variety of teas to find the perfect types and blends for you. 

Tea Santé offers a wide range of high-quality loose-leaf teas, from classic Rooibos and black tea to matcha and green tea or the beauty of blooming tea; you are guaranteed to find something to your taste. With a commitment to excellence and a curated selection of premium leaves, Tea Santé invites you to elevate your tea-drinking experience. Join us in the pursuit of tea perfection, where the whispers of leaves become a symphony of flavour.

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