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Tired, stressed, or sad? Drink these teas to suit your different moods

If you’ve been treating that holy basil growing in your garden as just another plant, it’s time to listen up. When consumed as tulsi tea, this herb offers mental health benefits like no other.

According to a 2017 study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, tulsi exhibits neuro-cognitive effects upon consumption, which includes an improved mood and better cognition. The study also revealed that tulsi can help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety in people who suffer from these disorders.

Add tulsi leaves, chopped ginger, and cardamom powder to boiling water, and let it simmer for five minutes. You may then strain the tea and add honey or lemon juice to taste.

Do you feel exhausted, every now and then? If yes, green tea is your one-stop solution. It is one of the most popular and widely-consumed beverages, because it offers a range of health benefits. The caffeine in green tea will provide a subtle energy boost minus the jitters that you get from drinking coffee. All in all, it helps to cleanse your body and is amazing for your mind as well.

If you have had a long day, drinking green tea will make you feel refreshed and calm. As per a study by the Journal of Functional Foods, the nutrition profile of green tea helps to slow the absorption of caffeine and induces a calming effect. The study also highlights that green tea helps lower anxiety levels, and inhibits ‘a-amylase activity’, a marker of stress.

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