Is Traveling Making You Tired? Try These Teas
Traveling can be something people look to do when they need to disconnect and unwind. Why then can travel make you feel so weary? Uprooting your life (even for a week) can be exhilarating and… exhausting. It can make sense to turn to tea for some energy while battling jet lag or trying to keep yourself awake during that long layover.
So, are you looking for some good tea options to drink when you travel?
Read here for a list of some delicious herbal teas that might give you a boost of energy.
The antioxidants in tea leaves can help provide wonderful health benefits. Why? Well, high levels of antioxidants from the herbs in tea can protect your cells and tissues from oxidative damage from free radicals. In fact, the antioxidants in green tea and black tea are effective free radical destroyers.1
A healthier body means a more energetic body, right? So, now the question becomes….
Which Energy Tea Is Best For Me?
Before you choose which tea is right for you, you’ll want to be honest with yourself about how you’re affected by caffeine. Does caffeine usually give you the jitters? Can you have multiple cups and still feel great? If you enjoy the slight buzz you get from a jolt of caffeine, green tea or black tea could be right for you.
However, if you happen to be sensitive to caffeine, you might want to stick to caffeine-free herbal teas. And certainly, stay away from caffeinated energy drinks after lunch.
Some teas are energizing, but they happen to have lower levels of caffeine than coffee or energy drinks. There are naturally caffeinated teas that are sort of a middle ground when it comes to caffeine content. Drinking tea instead of coffee could mean that bust of energy is less likely to be accompanied by a crash. The list below offers teas with varying levels of caffeine. See which is right for you.
Licorice Root Tea: For many years, licorice root tea has been served in Greece, China, and parts of Africa to people struggling with stomach upset and respiratory issues.2 But did you know that licorice root tea is naturally caffeine-free? This tea has a sweet flavor. But you can balance out the sweetness by adding a pinch of cinnamon or a bit of orange peel. Despite being caffeine-free, licorice root is said to help support energy.3
Mate Tea: Yerba mate may not have been widely known a few years back, but today it’s considered quite popular. Mate tea does contain caffeine, but less than you’ll find in a cup of coffee. In fact, there are only about 85 milligrams of caffeine for a standard cup.4 An 8 oz serving of a popular coffee brand contains about 155 mg of caffeine.5
Matcha and green tea: A favorite throughout the tea-drinking world, green tea is full of flavor — and antioxidant power. Matcha contains 25 milligrams of caffeine while green tea contains between 35 and 50 milligrams of caffeine. The amino acid and nutrient content in green tea is quite hefty, too.6
White Tea: White tea is a great tea if you’re worried about alertness but don’t want to overload your system with caffeine. White tea has between 15 and 20 mg of caffeine per cup. Even decaffeinated white tea has some trace caffeine — between 2 and 5 mg of caffeine in just one cup.7
More About Tea For Sleepy Travelers
No matter where in the world you’re headed, you will likely be able to sample a variety of local herbal teas. For instance, if you’re in China you can ask to taste the local red tea. Delicious and malty, Assam black tea can be found in India. Or you could travel to Nepal and enjoy some rich, golden Chiya tea.
Here are some other great teas to taste as you trek across the globe:
- White tea from China
- Pu-erh tea from China
- Yerba mate from Argentina
- Rooibos tea from Africa
- Yellow gold tea from Singapore
- Guayusa tea from the Amazon (Ecuador)
Wherever you choose to roam, you can not only find great tea to drink but also the stories of those regions’ teas.