While sitting down with a mug of tea is often thought to be calming, many teas are also great for boosting your mood. Opting for a tea that contains caffeine or is made with energizing ingredients can help to increase your energy, improve concentration, and leave you feeling focused so you can take on the day without feeling jittery.
Often suggested as an alternative to coffee, yerba mate is part of a group of caffeinated teas made from the holly plant. It has less caffeine than coffee but still provides an energy boost, leaving you better able to focus on tasks, improving productivity and memory.
Yerba mate also contains two ingredients that are found in coffee and chocolate, theobromine and theophylline, which also act as mild stimulants. In fact, athletes will use yerba mate to increase athletic performance.
Yerba mate is also a powerhouse, loaded with a variety of nutrients, antioxidants, and polyphenols, helping to keep your body and mind feeling its best.
Try some of our favorite yerba mate teas:
- Snarky Tea - Energize
- Yogi - Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy Tea
- DAVIDsTEA - Electric Lemonade
- Stash Tea - Ginger Fire Chai
Like yerba mate, guayusa is another caffeinated tea made from the holly plant. It’s used frequently in South America for energy, and is thought to provide more sustained and long-lasting energy because of the time it takes to release caffeine into your bloodstream, avoiding that post-caffeine crash that you might get from coffee.
Guayusa has a smooth, earthy flavor and is loaded with antioxidants to help protect your body from stress, as well as improving digestion, leaving you ready to take on your day.
Try some of our favorite guayusa teas:
If you’re looking for a caffeine-free tea option to boost your mood, spearmint is a great option!
Refreshing and delicious both warm and iced, spearmint can help to improve memory and leave you feeling revitalized thanks to its limonene content. Plus, it’s awesome for boosting your digestion and immune system, and can even help to balance your hormones. Just breathing in the scent of spearmint tea can help you feel refreshed.
Try some of our favorite spearmint teas:
- Traditional Medicinals - Moringa with Spearmint and Sage
- The Republic of Tea - Organic Mint Fields
- Smith Teamaker - Fez
- Dryad Tea - Faerie Garden
Lemon balm, though it actually belongs to the mint family, produces a slightly sweet flavor with a delightful hint of lemon. This tea is known to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, support brain health, alleviate digestive problems, treat infections and prevent heart disease. Wow!
We recommend combining it with honey for an amazing taste combination. Try it with some of our favorite lemon balm teas:
- Yogi - Honey Lavender Stress Relief
- Traditional Medicinals - Nighty Night Valerian
- Aesthete Tea - Moonlight
- Full Leaf Tea Co - Organic Relieve Stress
Made from Japanese green tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder, matcha is a unique type of tea that is typically whisked (instead of steeped) in water.
It contains even more caffeine and antioxidants to further give you a boost - because it’s made from the whole leaf, you’re getting all the benefits of the camellia sinensis plant in every cup.
It's said to help with attention, reaction time and memory, and plus, because it also contains L-theanine, you get the boost from caffeine without leaving you feeling jittery or wired.
Plus, it contains a special type of antioxidants called catechins, which are awesome for brain health. Power up your morning or get a mid-afternoon boost by blending up a Growing Green Matcha Smoothie.
Try some of our favorite matcha teas:
- Tipson Tea - Blueberry Matcha
- The Republic of Tea - U-Matcha Single Sips
- Jade Leaf Matcha - THINK
- Motion Matcha - Orange Vanilla Matcha
Maca is actually a type of vegetable, the powdered form from which is used to make tea. It's considered to be an adaptogen, which means that it adapts to your body’s individual needs.
Rich in antioxidants, what it’s really popular for its ability to help you feel more awake, focused, and energized, with maca root powder even being used as a supplement by athletes to help boost performance and endurance. Plus, it's a great natural mood-booster, and has even been shown to help improve anxiety and depression.
Try one of our favorite maca teas: