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Make time for you with these super-charged teas
When it comes to taking care of yourself, we believe everyone deserves a helping hand. The daily grind of work, home, eat, sleep, repeat, can leave you feeling tired and rundown. (That late-night binge-watching, though fun, probably isn't helping. Take it from a team that knows.)
Making time in your schedule to reset and recharge is key to staying both grounded and energized. Luckily, there are some magic ingredients – or, as they're more commonly called, adaptogens – in our routine-ready teas that can help you manage stress, feel focused, up your energy levels and get you to chill out at the end of the day.
When the pressure's on, but you need to focus, what do you do? Drop into happy baby pose deskside and take deep breathes until the stress subsides? While this sounds relaxing, we have a couple of suggestions that are less likely to alienate colleagues.
When you feel your concentration slipping or that anxiety heightening, take a break and let the adaptogens (more on that below) in these loose leaf teas soothe and recharge you.
Though they’ve been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, the term adaptogens was first coined by toxicologists in the 1940s. The term refers to plants or fungi that are said to help you adapt to stress and bring balance to your life.
Part of a holistic approach to fighting stress, adaptogens are believed to have an anti-fatigue effect that can lead to enhanced focus and calm.
Several adaptogens can be found in our teas. Some of the most common ingredients include reishi, chaga, schizandra, ashwagandha, ginseng and tulsi (aka Holy Basil).
Midday drowsiness, many of us feel it (who doesn’t love a Spanish siesta?), but not many of us know how to combat it. The post-lunch slump is a natural part of our body’s rhythm and is usually caused by a drop in your core body temperature.
When you feel your energy levels dip, or you find yourself drifting off at the computer (no shame!), these wake-up teas are super-charged with reviving ingredients to stimulate your system. Bonus: they also make the perfect early morning pick-me-up.
Guarana is a Brazilian plant native to the Amazon basin and is popular as an anti-aging ingredient. Research points to guarana having a high antioxidant potential. Guarana is best known as an ingredient in popular energy drinks.
Not only is guarana a natural source of caffeine, guarana seeds have additional energizing compounds that are said to help maintain focus and mental energy.
That time at the end of the day (or after a particularly stressful event) when you feel as though your shoulders and ears have been fused together, that’s when you need to really chill out. Take a deep breath, do some calming shoulder rolls while the water boils, and let these super soothing caffeine-free blends do the rest. Their relaxing aroma can have a calming effect that can help you feel less tense.