TEA TIME: Ask the Healing Powers Series a Question--Get an Answer
By Cal Orey QUESTION: What type of tea should I drink if I get SAD? No sunshine, colder days is making me feel depressed. Help! ANSWER: Tea comes to the rescue! Seasonal Affective Disorder: Feeling down and sluggish with SAD? Seasonal depression is yet is another monster to face in the colder months. I have tackled the symptoms with an arsenal of remedies—and tea is on the list come late fall through early spring. Brew 1 cup of green tea. Steep for 3 minutes. Repeat 2 times per day.
Green tea has 45 milligrams of caffeine (which can give you a physical and mental burst of energy). But also, green tea contains L-theanine—a compound that enhances brain chemicals including serotonin and that can give you a calming sense of well-being.
But chamomile calms you and can also make you feel warm and fuzzy without caffeine! And don't forget classic black tea! It'll provide you with a pick-me-up and you may be smiling!