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Sharpen your brain and boost your mood with this simple tea

This post was last updated on January 17th, 2015 at 08:29 pm

Sharpen your brain and boost your mood with this simple tea Follow Me on Pinterest I love experimenting with the flavors of herbs and plants right outside my door and rosemary is prolific here on our property. The boys and I have turned the rosemary flavor into a fun summer spritzer with peach but it had never occurred to me to add it to my warm tea until I caught this study on the link between rosemary, mood, and mental clarity.

In this interesting study (abstract here), both rosemary and lavender had a positive impact on mood but while lavender basically impaired work (*yawn* — lavender is relaxing), rosemary improved mental alertness. I read the article and minutes later handed my son a pair of clippers and asked for two short sprigs of fresh rosemary. I added the rosemary to a ginger tea I was about to brew on my stove top. I was a bit skeptical that the flavor would be good, but it was quite good. Experimenting with it over the weeks I have decided that a light hand is important in working with rosemary. I added about twice that amount to my next batch and it was quite bitter. I also like to reuse my herbs in multiple, successive batches of tea, a strategy that works well for ginger and turmeric tea. (Find ginger tea here and turmeric tea here.) Rosemary is not a good herb for reusing — it does tend to become bitter after the first brew. I still use rosemary in my perpetual tea batches but I leave in the ginger and turmeric (or whatever might be in the pot) and I pull out the rosemary. It is easily done. However, you can also just brew up a quick rosemary tea. It has good flavor alone and is great sweetened with honey.

Rosemary Tea Ingredients

Sharpen your brain and boost your mood with this simple tea Follow Me on Pinterest

  • One quart of water
  • One two-inch sprig of rosemary or a teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • Honey to taste

Rosemary Tea Steps

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add rosemary. Cover.
  2. Allow the tea to steep covered for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Sweeten with honey to taste.