My personal struggles with anxiety and depression was my motivation to create Roots. Our goal is to educate and create natural solutions to improve mental health. The name Roots comes from my belief that God provides us with everything we need in the earth to live a healthy life both mentally and physically.
As I have said many times before you cannot perform your best in any area of your life until you are well within. Mental health affects the way we think, feel, and interact with others. Fortunately God blessed us with herbs that help improve our mood and wellbeing. Whether you need help unwinding or need a boost of energy, there is a tea that can help. I always start my mornings with a cup of tea, but the flavor depends on how I am feeling.
Research suggests that tea can lift mood, improve focus, and even aid in the relief of depression and dementia. Working a full time job, starting my own business, spending time with family and friends, and finding time for self-care can become overwhelming at times. Some days I am happy and energetic and other days I cam become very anxious and stressed, but I have a tea in my cabinet for every mood.
Whenever I am feeling anxious and need to unwind my go to is spearmint tea. Studies show this tea helps promote relaxation and reduce stress. In South American countries it is commonly used to treat stress and insomnia.
Ginger tea is also great for anxiety. It can influence serotonin levels and helps reduce anxiety as successfully as prescription medication.
A study conducted in 2015 concluded that there is a correlation between tea consumption and decreased risk of depression. I suffer from seasonal depression and tea has been my saving grace.
St. John’s wort tea is AMAZING for depression! A study conducted in 2008 concluded that it was as effective for depression as prescription antidepressants.
I have tried teas that contain caffeine, but I don’t like the way my body reacts to it. However, peppermint tea does wonders for my energy levels. But if you do consume caffeine, I would suggest trying yerba mate tea. It will boost your energy and improve mental focus. It contains 85 mg of caffeine per cup.
You don’t just have to consume tea when you aren’t feeling great. Whenever I am happy and full of energy I enjoy drinking turmeric tea. Not only does it increase the production of dopamine and serotonin levels, it is also great for your skin.
Drinking tea is a great tool to have in your mental health tool box and it can be consumed at any time of the day. If it isn’t one of your habits yet, why not make it one? It’s all natural and the benefits are endless. In last week’s post I stated it only takes 21 days to start a habit. Progression over perfection, you can do it. ✨✨