Stock Up on Mood Boosting Teas to Beat the Winter and Holiday Blues
With the approaching winter and holidays on the horizon, so are shorter days and less sunlight - both of which can lead to a decreasing mood with feelings of anxiety, sadness and depression. Now is the time to stock up on your Dr. Oz recommended mood boosting teas so that you can find help in the cupboard rather than the medicine cabinet.
“It’s time to sip away your sadness and down a cup of happy with the help of mood boosting teas,” says Dr. Oz as he reveals to viewers three mood boosting teas that will take you from sad to ecstatic. With Dr. Oz is special guest addiction specialist Brad Lamm who traveled to Peru and discovered natural remedies used by the locals that can treat anxiety, relieve sadness and invoke feelings of happiness.
“I went to Peru because as you know a lot of the work I do is to help people feel better and not just without drugs and alcohol, but how to do that naturally. In Peru in the Sacred Valley, there’s a rich history of the Incans thousands of years ago really cultivating foods that not only get you through the seasons and through the harsh winters and what-not, but actually boosts your mood. So that’s what took me there, and what I discovered is pretty magical,” says Brad Lamm.
Mood Boosting Tea #1: Cacao
For treating anxiety and having difficulty in going to sleep because your mind is racing from the day’s events, Brad Lamm recommends drinking aromatic Cacao tea that is made from cacao nibs. Cacao nibs basically are bits of raw chocolate from the cacao beans after the beans have been roasted and hulled for eventual processing into chocolate that is consumed in a wide variety of candies.
Dr. Oz explains that the aroma of cacao and other teas do their magic by stimulating neurotransmitters in the brain that evoke feelings of pleasure and well-being, not unlike the way many mood-altering medications work.
Mood Boosting Tea #2: Rosemary
For those evenings when you come home after a particularly bad day at work and wind up feeling very irritable, Brad Lamm recommends taking regular rosemary found at your local grocery store and seeping the leaves in hot water as a tea. He states that within drinking the first cup you will immediately notice a definite benefit as your mood lifts and your irritability dissipates with each sip.
Mood Boosting Tea #3: Hierba Luisa
To combat those days when nothing seems to go right and you just want to stay in bed and not have to face the world because of feelings of sadness, Brad Lamm tells viewers that a great tea to boost your mood and erase that sadness is with a cup or two of Hierba Luisa. Hierba Luisa found in the northern regions of Peru is a type of lemongrass tea with a citrus tang to it that is described as similar in taste to the popular candy “lemonheads.” The great thing about it is that rather than buy the dried leaves sold as tea, you can also grow it fresh in your backyard during the summer or buy fresh plant leaves in many produce sections.
For an article that has a warning about one type of tea that will give you pause to think before you drink, click-on the titled link “Wormwood Tea and Parasite Infection: Risks You Need to Know.”
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show