Curling up around a hot mug of your favorite herbal infusion on a cold winter’s day brings a deep level of peace and relaxation we all deserve to enjoy every single day. When we allow ourselves to relax, we reduce our stress level, which makes us healthier. That “hot cup of tea” has become a symbol of relaxation, so entrenched in our society, that even if we are in the middle of a hectic workday, the moment that delicious hot liquid hits our lips, our muscles loosen up, and our bodies begin to relax. As any herbalist will tell you, herbs are chock full of powerful medicinal properties which humans learned to harness thousands of years ago. Let’s take a look at some of the herbs you’ll find on the shelves of your local METRO supermarket, which can combat depression, boost your energy or even clear away brain fog! A cup of basil or licorice root tea may not be a magical cure to depression, but it can sure help you to feel balanced and at peace, and as a bonus it will help sooth your digestive tract as well! Drinking a cup of green tea will not only fill you up with wonderful antioxidants, but also energize you and boost your memory! Green tea has also been associated with the prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and better weight control. Now let’s talk about bergamot. Everyone knows its distinctly delicious aroma. This herb contains citrus oil and aids in relaxation, physical and emotional stress relief, general bodily stimulation, and it also works as a natural antidepressant.