Monika has opened a whole new part of mental health care for me and it’s pretty simple – it’s tea! I am honoured to introduce my beautiful girlfriend Monika and her professional take on the best teas for mental health.

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In Eastern countries, tea is actually used as medicine. Since working at DAVIDsTEA for over a year, I have discovered some great teas that have really helped me and my mental health. Hopefully some of these teas can help you as well!

Green Tea: Scientists are currently doing research that green tea may prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinson’s. They have discovered that green tea has a special component that hinders the build up of plaques that cause cells to die. Thus, drinking green tea can possibly prevent more cells from dying. Matcha green tea is especially great because it is loaded with antioxidants, which can protect the cells in your body from dangerous exposure to smoking, pollution, radiation, and certain chemicals. It also has lots of caffeine for an extra pick-me-up with a gradual peak of energy and avoids the hard crash when the caffeine wears off. A matcha I recommend is Grand Chu Matcha, and if earthy, vegetal flavours aren’t your cup of tea, try a flavoured matcha, like Peach Matcha.

Detox: If you spent a long night (or day) of drinking, try Detox. Detox is a green tea that is great for cleansing the system of toxins. The tea also has gingko in it is said to improve memory and concentration.

Mother’s Little Helper: If you struggle to fall asleep, try a tea with valerian root in it like Mother’s Little Helper, which induces feelings of sleepiness and helps relax you by easing nervous tension in your muscles. Don’t like chamomile? Try The Big Chill which is a great alternative to Mother’s Little Helper.

Calming Chamomile: Chamomile teas, like Calming Chamomile, are said to have a soothing, calming effect which is ideal before bedtime.

Peppermint: Peppermint teas like Peppermint Amour are great digestive aids because studies have shown peppermint lessens the amount of time food spends in your stomach by stimulating it to produce the enzymes which aid in digestion. If you like ginger, it is also a great digestive aid. Try Le Digestif which has peppermint and ginger in it to help you in times when you overeat.

The Glow: If you find your face breaks out a lot, especially under stress, try The Glow, which has cinnamon, nettle leaves, peach, and pomegranate in it. Cinnamon boosts metabolism and improves your focus while nettle leaves are often used for pain relief. The blend of traditional ingredients is said to improve skin health.

Serenity Now: For some lovely aromatherapy, try Serenity Now. It has lavender and rosehips in it that creates gentle aromatherapy steam as you steep your tea.

Midsummer Night’s Dream: A tea like Midsummer Night’s Dream is great because the gooseberries in it are said to be packed with vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, phosphorous and protein. You can even snack on the gooseberries after you steep your tea! Vitamin C is necessary in wound healing, and it also helps your immune system.

If the teas listed don’t sound good to you, feel free to take a look at their online store, or stop by your nearest store and ask a Tea Guide for what you’re looking for! We’re always more than happy to help you.

And remember, you are TEA-rrific!

-Monika

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