Ready to beat the winter blues? Look to these three herbs alongside a healthy daily routine for a lift.
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Holy basil is a herb with a particular affinity for the brain and mood. It’s shown to stimulate circulation to the brain which improves concentration and clarity. It also has a calming effect on the nerves and acts as an adaptogen – a herb that helps us cope with and adapt to stress.
If your priority is to get more calm in your life, soothe frayed nerves and sleep better, then chamomile is your new best friend. Drink it as a herbal tea before bed, but also throughout the day to help calm you down – it shouldn’t make you feel tired, just a little more relaxed.
Matcha green tea
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, turning to coffee for a boost may do more harm than good. High doses of caffeine and other stimulating substances can cause your body to make more stress hormones, increasing the draining effects on your mind and body. Instead, try matcha green tea.
Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine to give you an energy lift, but also contains theanine, which can have a relaxing effect on the mind, reduce anxiety and help with focus and concentration. Matcha green tea in particular is said to contain a high percentage of calming theanine.