This article explains the next 3 teas that can help you get that much-needed energy boost to jumpstart your day: Yerba Mate Tea, Licorice Root Tea, and Peppermint Tea.
Picture yourself waking up in the morning, starting to get ready for your successful day ahead. How do you wake yourself up? What do you fuel your body with to prepare yourself for the day? There are many different things that people do in the morning to wake up and energize themselves. For many, coffee is the go-to energy booster to drink, however, did you know tea can give the same if not better energy boosting effects? Though both cups may appear to have similar effects, it is not a true comparison, as the caffeine from coffee is different than the caffeine present in teas. There are many teas that deliver the much-needed energy boost for the demands of the day, while also offering numerous health benefits that a coffee can’t provide. Teas can also have less adverse side effects than coffee. Let’s take a look at another 3 teas that help boost energy levels!
1. Yerba Mate Tea
Yerba Mate is herbal tea that comes from the leaves of a native variety of holly plant called an Ilex paraguariensis located in the South American Atlantic rain forest. While this is a herbal tea, and therefore does not come from the true tea plant, the leaves of the Ilex paraguariensis also contain naturally occurring caffeine. The yerba leaves are harvested from small farms and indigenous communities in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay by yerbateros (cultivators).
Traditionally, after the leaves have been dried and ground, they are steeped with hot water in a hollowed-out clay gourd then drank through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The resulting tea has a smoky flavour with heavy earthy notes. The bold flavour and strong aroma are comparable to coffee, and therefore this may be a tea-rrific choice for those trying to transition away from drinking coffee.
The yerba leaves contain a naturally occurring caffeine, which can be referred to as mateine. This caffeine is different than the caffeine from a cup of coffee, and drinkers often report feelings of being energized for longer periods of time without the jitters or nausea experienced from other caffeine. This is largely due to the presence of Theobromine, which is an alkaloid that naturally lowers blood pressure and drastically diminishes the unwanted effects of caffeine. There is on average about 78mg of caffeine per cup of Yerba Mate, compared to around 100mg per cup of coffee.
Along with the caffeine, yerba contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and abundant polyphenols. Polyphenols in plants are secondary metabolites and are generally involved in the defense against ultraviolet radiation and other pathogens the plant may be exposed to. In food, they tend to contribute to bitterness, astringency, color, flavor, odor and oxidative stability. For humans, studies show that long-term consumption of plant polyphenols offer protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.
2. Licorice Root Tea
As the name implies, this tea is made from the roots of the licorice plant, which is scientifically called Glycyrrhiza glabra. Licorice root, also known as sweet root, is native to Asia and Europe and has been used for centuries for its medicinal benefits. The dried licorice roots are added to boiling water to create the tea. With its strong flavour similar to black licorice, many licorice teas include a blend of true teas and other herbal teas to reduce the strong flavour. Licorice contains a naturally occurring sweetener called glycyrrhizin, which is 50X sweeter than sucrose! Some licorice tea drinkers may sweeten the tea slightly with some honey and add lemon as well to boost the natural effects which can reduce stress levels and help regulate hormones.
Licorice acts as a natural cortisone in your body by stimulating your adrenal glands and helping your body preserve its own cortisone which will aid with energy levels. There are also numerous other health benefits including aiding in digestion. It should be noted that this root is powerful, and can also raise blood pressure, so it is recommended to not consume more than 3 cups in a day – which is plenty to get the energy boosting affects you are looking for!
3. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is made from the aromatic herb Mentha piperita in the mint family which is a cross between spearmint and watermint. This plant is native to Europe and Asia and has been used for thousands of years for its minty taste, aroma, and health benefits.
While peppermint is a popular flavour used in candies, breath mints, gum, and other foods, it is also consumed as a refreshing caffeine-free tea. As this tea is made from a herb and not the Camellia sinensis plant, it is not considered a true tea and is therefore in the herbal tea family. To create this herbal tea, peppermint leaves are infused in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
While peppermint tea is caffeine-free, it offers an energy boost for mental capacities. You could say it offers some much needed encourage-mint! Peppermint contains several essential oils including menthone, limonene, and menthol.
Menthol is what gives peppermint its signature cooling properties and recognizable minty scent. The aroma of peppermint is mainly linked to the stimulating and energizing effects of the tea including improved cognition, so make sure to take some nice deep breaths when drinking the tea!
Tasty Tea for Energy
There we have it; the next 3 teas that can help boost energy. Who knew that such tasty drinks could provide such great benefits! While Yerba Mate provides a natural occurring caffeine, licorice root and peppermint also provide energy boosting effects in their own unique ways, while also providing many other benefits to our health. Would we call that multeatasking? Now that you are aware of some of the teas that can help boost your energy, maybe it’s time to start testing out some of the tea blends that are tastea to you!