Many people look tea's caffeine content to jump start their mornings, but others prefer to make tea a part of relaxing evenings. After all, is there anything more serene than curling up with a steaming mug of tea? Unfortunately, the same natural caffeine that makes tea energizing in the morning can also keep you up at night.
For some, the balancing effects of L-theanine are enough to make any tea relaxing, despite the caffeine. But for those who are sensitive to the stimulant, here are our top five teas with little or no caffeine - sure to be utterly relaxing in the evening.
These small yellow flowers are classified as herbal tea, since they don’t come from the traditional tea plant, and therefore have absolutely no caffeine. In fact, Chamomile is commonly touted and studied as a sleep aid, thanks to a unique antioxidant called apigenin that inhibits receptors in the brain to naturally decrease anxiety and initiate sleep. Our fresh, whole flowers make a mild infusion with a sweet honey-like aroma that is sure to please your palate as well!
Another non-caffeinated herbal tea, this blend includes all the spices that typically add flavor to traditional Masala Chai, without the bitter black tea base. If you love the bold flavor of a strong cup of tea, but want to cut down on caffeine intake, this mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and orange peel might just hit the spot. We also love to experiment with steeping these spices in other beverages like apple cider or milk!
Though this beautiful blossoming tea uses caffeinated white tea buds to encase the flower inside, the method of steeping effectively reduces the caffeine in your cup. Because the blossoming flower requires plenty of space to expand in the water, the white tea infusion is less concentrated, and therefore contains less caffeine. Natural scenting with jasmine flowers gives this tea a captivating aroma, while the delicate white tea flavor comes through in a finish worth savoring.
With rich flavor and a dark color, most people would classify this as a ‘strong’ tea. But the totally natural aging and fermentation process that gave this tea it’s dark color also broke down much of the caffeine contained in the leaf. Though the breakdown of caffeine is not well documented, we have learned through experience that teas lose caffeine during long-term storage. As an added bonus, pu-erh teas like this are well known for aiding digestion, especially after a heavy or greasy dinner.
Another richly flavored aged option, this Taiwanese oolong went through several rounds of roasting during storage in Taiwan. This repeated roasting process helped to remove moisture in the humid storage climate, as well as add layer after layer of bold, toasty flavor. As with any Camellia sinensis tea, these loosely rolled leaves can be brewed many times in short infusions, drawing out more flavor as the leaf expands each time.
Do you drink tea to get moving in the morning, relax in the evening, or both? Have you tried any of the teas on this list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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