Long before Apple came up with the slogan, "there's an app for that," an equivalent range of cure-alls existed in the beverage world: "There's a tea for that." Got stomach problems? Drink ginger tea. Wanna mellow out? Try chamomile. Need to wake up the senses? Drink peppermint. These old folk remedies had a lot of fans but desperately needed scientific proofs. Now, a new study backs up what grandma has been telling you all along.
Psychologists at Northumbria University in the UK have hard data to support the theories that peppermint tea boosts memory and chamomile slows it down. They gathered the evidence using a simple series of questions administered before and after drinking various teas.
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First, they asked 180 participants to fill out a questionnaire about their mood. Then they instructed the subjects to drink one of three hot drinks: peppermint tea, chamomile tea or hot water. And finally, twenty minutes after the liquids were consumed, they gave the tea drinkers a final test that measured memory, cognitive functions, and mood.