If a good mood is hard to find, drink some Polygala tenuifolia (Yuan Zhi) good mood tea!
I recently shared five ways to live your life with intention: (1) Practice keeping promises to yourself, (2) practice self-care by walking it out, (3) practice mindfulness by unplugging, (4) practice random acts of kindness, and (5) practice mind over mood by staying focused.
Here’s a sixth suggestion: Drink tea made from Polygala tenuifolia extract. Known as the will strengthener, Polygala is thought to provide mood support, ease anxiety, improve sleep quality, heighten creative thinking, help discharge repressed emotions, and enhance dreaming. It’s also the main ingredient in our OM! Mood Support extract.
Good Mood Tea for Balance
Polygala tenuifolia is also known as Yuan Zhi, Seneca, and Chinese Senega. Known as the “will strengthener,” Polygala is believed to improve creative thinking, enhance dreaming, and enhance manifested ideas. Its Chinese name, Yuan Zhi, translates to “high aspirations.”
Polygala offers strong stress management support. It helps maintain the balance of the nerves when you’re under stress. It’s thought to relax the soul, calm the heart, and ease restlessness and anxiety.
Polygala is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help the body combat the effects of stress and enable the body to function normally during traumatic periods.
Good Mood Tea for Meditation and Focus
Polygala tenuifolia is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is valued for its reputed ability to provide protection to the brain. In TCM terms, Polygala balances the qi of the heart and kidneys, thereby providing mood support and enhancing emotional stability. Buddhist monks have used Polygala tenuifolia for centuries to support meditation and focus.
Several scientific studies substantiate its mood support potential its possible effects as a good mood tea. A study in Neurochemical Research Journal suggests that Polygala can go beyond simply being neuroprotective and can promote neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation, pushing the plant into a special category of nootropics that support new brain cell growth.
Phytotherapy Research Journal study says Polygala “promotes the proliferation of neural stem cells, [which] may contribute to the therapeutic benefits of [Polygala] for the treatment of patients with insomnia, neurosis and dementia.” A Public Library of Science Journal study cites preclinical evidence that Polygala “exerts rapid-onset antidepressant effects … and may be worthy of further evaluation as a safe substitute to other rapid-onset antidepressants [with] unacceptable side effects.”
Uses may include support for improved memory, improved focus, and protection against cognitive ailments. It has potential as an anti-psychotic and antidepressant, and it and may be able to prevent cocaine-induced behavioral effects. It appears to have adaptogenic action on cortisol (the stress hormone).
There is good reason to believe that a lifestyle-related approach to optimal health will benefit from support with Polygala tenuifolia as a good mood tea.
Try Polygala and OM! Mood Support
Calm your heart and relax your soul with our Polygala tenuifolia extract or with OM! Mood Support, which is our carefully extracted concentrate of Polygala. Try the Will Strengthener, and you’ll say OM!
Learn more about the health benefits of Polygala tenuifolia and OM! by reading our Polygala FAQ.