Trying to figure out which botanical gives you an energy boost and which ones help you chill? Below is a quick guide to our products sorted by those that are energizing and those that are more relaxing.
Siesta Botanicals has all kinds of products to get you going. Check them out below.
Yerba mate, a popular South American herbal tea, gives you an energy boost with 85 milligrams of caffeine per cup. This is nearly twice the amount of caffeine that’s in black tea but less than half that of coffee (100 mg compared to more than 200 mg per cup).
As a bonus, many yerba mate consumers say it boosts alertness and energy like coffee but that it doesn’t make them feel jittery. This is because yerba mate is processed differently in the body. Mate comes with other nutrients and compounds that allow your body to absorb it in a slower, more gentle way.
In fact, yerba mate is consumed by many athletes around the world for its nutritious and soothing energy boost. Research shows that people who drank yerba mate before exercising burned 24% more fat during the workout. Burning fat instead of carbs leads to better energy efficiency in the body.
White and green kratom
White vein kratom, typically pale or yellowish in color, is derived from young leaves and is associated with stimulating and energizing effects. We offer White Bali, White Borneo, White Maeng Da, White Malay and White Thai.
Green vein kratom, which tends to come in a more vibrant green color, is derived from middle-aged leaves and is associated with a more balanced, euphoric effect. We offer Green Bali, Green Borneo, Green Maeng Da, Green Malay and Green Thai.
The vein color is an indicator of the overall effects of the kratom tea, but even two batches of the same vein can differ in color. This is because it is organically processed and never artificially colored. As the plant matures, different levels of alkaloids build within the leaves which ultimately impacts the kratom’s overall effects. The particular harvesting and drying process can also affect the alkaloids. For example, sun exposure levels can impact the final color and alkaloid content.
Within each kratom vein, or color, there are many different strains available which relate to the plant’s origin. Each strain tends to have its own distinct attributes, but these can vary slightly due to the harvesting and growing processes. For example, Bali kratom is said to offer a mild energy boost while maintaining the pain relief expected of a red. Thai kratom tends to lean more toward a stimulating effect. Maeng Da (a term that refers to high quality) is said to be one of the strongest strains and it has both energizing and stimulating traits as well as pain-relieving effects. In Thai, ‘Maeng Da’ literally translates to “pimp grade,” suggesting high quality and alkaloid content.
Relaxing botanicals to reduce stress
Ready to relax or get a good night’s sleep? Check out our botanicals perfect for downtime.
If you were to ask kava consumers why they drink kava, many would say that it helps reduce stress and anxiety. Others would say it helps them stay away from alcohol or that it helps with insomnia.
In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, a research team evaluated the effectiveness of kava on people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
A total of 75 participants were enrolled in a 6-week trial of a kava extract versus placebo. The results showed a significant reduction in anxiety for the kava group compared with the placebo group.
According to a 2002 review of seven clinical trials and 645 people, a kava extract was found to be an “effective symptomatic treatment option for anxiety.” Safety and tolerability were also good, with no drug-related adverse events, according to the authors.
The Cochrane Review reports that kava is better than placebo and recommends it as a symptomatic treatment for anxiety (60–280 mg kavalactones/day).
Several studies suggest that kava can be an alternative to benzodiazepines and selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), especially in people with mild to moderate anxiety.
Kava may also help reduce insomnia, and do so with fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs or over-the-counter sleep enhancers. A specific type of kavalactone, called kevain, may be responsible for kava’s relaxing effects.
In a pilot study of 24 patients with stress-induced insomnia , a research team looked at the effectiveness of kava and valerian separately. Stress was assessed in three areas: social, personal and life events. Insomnia was also measured in three areas: time to fall asleep, hours slept and waking mood.
According to the study results, total stress severity was greatly reduced by both substances individually, with no significant differences between them. There was also improvement with the combination, significantly in the case of people with insomnia.
Herbs for morning or night
The following herbs can be taken morning or night, depending on your needs. They help reduce stress and anxiety without making you drowsy. So if you’re having trouble sleeping due to stress, then take them in the evening. If you struggle with daily anxiety, you can take them in the morning.
Ashwagandha (morning or night)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, is an ancient Ayurvedic herb. It belongs to a class of medicinal herbs known as adaptogens and has been consumed for more than 3,000 years to help lower stress levels and boost concentration.
Research has demonstrated that ashwagandha can help improve sleep and lower stress. Many of ashwagandha’s health benefits are due to its high levels of withanolides —hormone precursors that can convert into human physiological hormones to bring balance to the body.
In one study, published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, a research team looked at the safety and effectiveness of a high-concentration extract of ashwagandha to see whether it could reduce stress and anxiety and improve the general well-being of 64 participants with chronic stress.
The findings show that participants who received the high-concentration full-spectrum ashwagandha root extract exhibited a significant reduction in scores on all the stress-assessment scales on Day 60, compared to the placebo group.
Holy basil (morning or night)
Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), or Tulsi, is an ancient herb commonly used in Ayurveda, a natural medicine system with historical roots in India. The herb has a place within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves.
Many people consume holy basil as a potent stress reliever. Research suggests that holy basil can also be used for lifestyle-related chronic diseases including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and psychological stress.