On a Monday morning one of our favourite things to do is create our own tea ritual, intuitively feeling what superfood tea blend to make to get our week started. Looking to find the balance between the sweeter more floral teas which contribute good flavours and the more potent (but superbly beneficial) teas, we tend to experiment with our mixes each week.
To start off this week we decided that we wanted a refreshing blend and thought we would make it iced (for a little bit of bliss from the heat in Byron!). We kept it simple with a brew of four different organic teas, all adding their own unique bursts of taste and individual healing powers.
Firstly, we chose Green Sencha Tea. Believed to have numerous health benefits, the main reason we placed it into our brew this morning is for an energy boost and its ability to stimulate cognition. These little green leaves hold potent amounts of antioxidants, along with some caffeine- usually around ¼ the amount of a cup of coffee. Sencha tea has also long been considered a brain stimulant, with its high levels of antioxidants helping stimulate neural pathways and prevent oxidative stress in the brain.
Next, we added Siberian Ginseng Tea. Rumoured to be the first ever herb labelled an ‘adaptogen’, Siberian Ginseng has the ability to stabilize a variety of physiological processes, such as helping recovery from strenuous exercise or extreme mental exertion. These adaptogenic qualities make it an excellent herb for those in high stress jobs or undertaking high energy activities. It is also considered a mild stimulant, with the ability to increase both immediate and long term energy. And if this is not enough, Siberian Ginseng also increases oxygenation of the cells, increasing endurance, alertness and even visual acuity. This increased oxygenation can improve circulation- especially to the brain- helping to restore memory, concentration and mental clarity.
With two quite bitter, strongly flavoured herbs already in the mix, we decided it was time to throw in some more aromatic ones… but don’t be fooled – these next two aren’t just there for their good tastes - both of them hold their own when it comes to health benefits. Peppermint was what we decided on next as its refreshing and naturally incredible flavor is perfect to mix with the astringent taste of Siberian Ginseng and Sencha Green. Peppermint Tea has the ability to reduce stress levels with its natural sedative and antispasmodic nature. The anti-inflammatory properties in peppermint tea can assist with reducing blood pressure and body temperature, aiding the ability to unwind and relax.
And finally, we added Lemon Balm Tea. The calming properties of the antioxidants and volatile compounds in this tea can have a positive effect on the nervous system, reducing symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. Beneficial antioxidants in the tea of Lemon Balm are also believed to prevent plaque deposition in the neural pathways and hence improve cognitive ability.
With this blend of Sencha Green, Siberian Ginseng, Peppermint and Lemon Balm teas we should be equipped with the brain power and clarity to start our working week, all the while still remaining relaxed and stress free – giving us the ability to tackle whatever Monday throws at us!