We are, undoubtedly, a country of coffee drinkers… In fact, I’d argue that a vast portion of what we see every day was created under the influence of our beloved java (including the email you’re reading!)
Except for some southern states where iced tea is drunk by the jug, coffee is the go-to beverage for Americans.
But, in the UK, most of Asia, and the former Soviet Union, tea reigns supreme. Whereas here in the US, we drink 3 times as much coffee as tea, in Russia, the ratio is reversed.
Keep Calm and Drink Tea
Everything about tea, from the methodical preparing to the first sip, is relaxing. In the UK and many other countries, friends catch up and problems are solved over cups of tea.
Although coffee is a social drink too, it’s mostly functional rather than relaxing – drunk alone in order to wake up and get something done.
Tea and coffee both contain caffeine and so give you an energy boost. But whereas coffee is instantly stimulating, tea gives you more relaxed alertness.
This is largely due to L-theanine, a powerful antioxidant found in the greenest and black teas, that’s believed to counteract caffeine’s effects with its anti-stress properties.
So, if you’re looking for a delicious way to wind down, try one of these tranquil teas:
Having sleepy properties and being naturally caffeine-free, a cup of chamomile tea is the king of bedtime drinks.
And rightly so. One particular compound in chamomile, apigenin, is believed to induce sleepiness when it binds to GABA receptors in the brain.
Otherwise known as ‘nature’s valium’ for its purported sedative properties, valerian root has been used in herbal medicine for millennia.
Drinkers of valerian root tea claim it reduces stress while boosting focus by regulating the brain’s GABA levels.
You’ve all heard of how amazing green tea is for our physical and mental health, but it’s so good that it’s worth repeating.
Although green tea contains caffeine, it’s also packed with potent antioxidants like the aforementioned, stress-busting L-theanine, and epicatechin – which helps protect your brain and body from oxidative stress.
Revered by the Incas and Aztecs for its calming properties, passionflower is a rich source of stress-reducing phytochemicals and alkaloids.
Passionflower’s mild taste makes it a perfect choice for tea.
Not only does it have a deliciously refreshing taste, peppermint tea has natural sedative properties that help relax both your mind and body.
Peppermint has also been shown to relieve digestive discomfort making the tea perfect to drink after dinner to ensure a trouble-free night.
For the ultimate therapeutic tea, many people choose to add CBD to their night-time cup. You can simply add a drop or two of your favorite CBD oil to a tea of your choice – but keep in mind that, as an oil, the CBD won’t dissolve in your tea.
That’s why the CBD Beverage Enhancers were designed to be added to any hot and cold drink. The Mixed Berry (Sleep) has been specially formulated with valerian root and passionflower, along with full-spectrum CBD to leave you relaxed and calm before bedtime.
Simply squeeze into one of the above teas for a peaceful evening.
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