If you are one of millions who suffer from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), then you know what a struggle it is to maintain focus throughout the workday. Did you know there could be a solution to help you combat your symptoms right in your cupboard? Tea!
There increasing interest in researching the effects of caffeine for those who suffer from ADHD, and in particular that the caffeine in tea may help ease fatigue and improve focus in people with ADHD. It should be noted however, that these studies are still in their early stages. The cornerstone of this theory is that stimulants are often successful in the treatment of ADHD, and that consuming caffeine in the form of tea may be equally as beneficial. We are in no way telling to contradict what your doctors and therapists tell you, but we do think there's something to the hypothesis, enough to support a little office experimentation.**
The office favorite tea we recommend from our own experimentation is Gunpowder Green Tea. We already know it’s pack full of antioxidants and L-theanine. Did you know that it’s been shown to increase focus and decrease anxiety? This ancient elixir is the king of the state of relaxed focus. Other tea’s can be just as effective depending on the personal experience of the user. We have also can readily the heavily caffeinated English Breakfast tea or a more calming but energetic bouquet of herbs, the classic Earl Grey. Overall we did have success in noticing a real difference in focus, attention and relaxation; as reported anecdotally by our staff.
Herbal Teas for Calm and Focus:
- Renovation Tea: Gunpowder Green Tea — Extensive research confirms the high anti-oxidant and poly phenol activity found in green tea, and it comes highly recommended as a general cleansing beverage. Because of the caffeine content, green tea should be prepared using small amounts of herb and steeped no longer than 1-2 minutes.
- Ingredients: Free Trade Organic Green Tea.
- Renovation Tea: Earl Grey — Loaded with antioxidants and free radical fighters. This classic has been shown to boost mood and help fight against depression.
- Ingredients: Free Trade Organic Earl Grey Blend.
- Renovation Tea: English Breakfast Tea — Enjoy this dark, hearty tea as a wonderful morning beverage. Stands up well to milk, honey and sugar. A great alternative to coffee and better for you! Our English Breakfast tea is Fair Trade certified and contains caffeine..
- Ingredients: Free Trade Organic English Breakfast Tea Blend.
Healthy Eats: Creamy Pumpkin Soup
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- One 4-pound sugar pie pumpkin
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- Tiny dash of cayenne pepper (optional, to taste)
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Renovation Tea: Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the pumpkin in half, and remove the seeds and ‘guts’. Cut each pumpkin half in half again to make quarters.
- Coat the flesh of the pumpkin with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place the pumpkin quarters cut sides down, onto the baking sheet.
- Roast for 30 minutes or longer if necessary, until the flesh is easily pierced through with a fork.
- When pierce tender, remove from the oven and set it aside to cool for a few minutes.
- In a heavy bottomed pot heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, add onion, garlic and salt (to taste) to the skillet.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- While the onion and garlic is cooking, peel the skin off the pumpkins.
- Add the pumpkin flesh, Renovation Tea: Pumpkin Spice Blend, cloves, cayenne pepper (optional, to taste), and a dash of black pepper (to taste).
- Using a big spoon or spatula, break up the pumpkin and pour in the vegetable broth. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Once the pumpkin mixture is done cooking, stir in the heavy cream and maple syrup.
- Remove the soup from heat and let it cool slightly.
- Using an immersion or stand blender, puree the soup until smooth and creamy.
- Season to taste with salt, pepper, heavy cream and maple syrup.
- When soup had reached desired taste and consistency, ladle into individual bowls for serving.
**Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Renovation Tea does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Renovation Tea are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.