One of the great benefits of tea is the ability to calm down frazzled nerves by creating a warm and soothing moment, and these particular herbal teas for anxiety and stress and no exception.
When it is just you and the cup in front of you, all stress seemingly melts away as your palate digests the plethora of flavors in your hands. Since tea is available in large array of herbal varieties, there is a flavor for each palate and stress level. Below we will discuss five of the best tea choices to help you reduce anxiety and stress.
5) Passionflower tea to soothe the mind
Passionflower tea is made using the dried leaves of the Passiflora Incarnata flower, a member of the 500 strong Passiflora plant family. In a study conducted in Phytotherapy Research, it was found that Passionflower tea has a marked sedative effect that improved the sleep cycle. Another study also showed that the tea reduced preoperative anxiety, indicating that this tea can help reduce anxiety and stress. Those who enjoy Passionflower tea can look forward to a night of solid sleep and a calmer mood.
The tea itself is similar in taste to green tea, boasting a pleasant grassy palate with a mild spicy undertone. The longer the tea is left to steep, the more the flavor shifts from herbal to toasted with a light bitterness that can be tempered by honey. The next time your mind needs to calm down, try a cup of this delicious herbal to set your anxiety at ease.
4) Echinacea tea for stress relief
Echinacea is an all-around powerhouse of a herb and has long been recommended as an immune booster and natural remedy to stave of colds and flu. However, it also has a calming effect that can help reduce stress and anxiety.
According to Healhyfocus.org, the tea has fewer side effects when compared with over the counter medicines used for stress and anxiety, making it an excellent alternative remedy for those who prefer a natural approach to calm their minds.
The flavor profile of this tea is exceptionally strong with floral tones. Due to its strength, the tea may have a slight sedative effect on the lips resulting in a light but pleasant tingle. If the tea has been diluted with other herbs, this effect may be less noticeable. If the taste is a bit too bitter, it can be mixed with sweeter tastes like hibiscus or pomegranate teawhile still packing a soothing punch.
3) Turmeric tea to calm anxiety
Traditionally used in Indian cooking, turmeric root is known for adding a vibrant yellow tone to food as well as lending a bitter undertone where dishes need it. However, it can also be used to boost immune systems and it is a wonderful sleeping aid when it comes to anxious minds.
According to mentalhealthfood.com, turmeric root has an active ingredient called curcumin that boosts highly effective antidepressant qualities on par with prescription medications such as fluoxetine, but that’s quite the claim so always be skeptical of claims like that unless they’re backed up by hard science.
A study conducted on the efficacy of turmeric in treating depression concluded that this herbal remedy is effective because it can inhibit monoamine oxidase – an enzyme that may cause depression when present in high levels. The root can also help boost serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain and these are two important factors in treating depression and anxiety.
So how can you reap these benefits? Enjoy a cup of turmeric tea, also known as golden milk. Simply infuse warm milk with turmeric and add a dash of honey to curb the bitterness. Cinnamon can also be added to boost the flavor and add a familiar warm note.
Alternatively, turmeric can also be brewed into a traditional tea by adding a teaspoon of the powder to four cups of boiling water.
Note: Turmeric is most effective when consumed hot and in conjunction with a fat such as full cream milk or coconut oil.
2) Lemon balm tea for calming you down
One of the more palatable herbs, lemon balm is known for its citrus scent, making it a popular addition to essential oil mixes and potpourri. It is often mistaken for mint due to similarity in their leaves, and it is a member of the same plant family, but it does not exhibit a minty flavor. Above and beyond its pleasant aroma, the herb is also known for its soothing qualities and is often used as a sleep aid or to reduce anxiety. Studies have shown that when taken as a water-based drink, there was noticeable boost in mood and mental function. This means that lemon balm, when taken as a cup of tea can help set minds at ease and have a calming influence on the soul.
To enjoy a cup of citrus relaxation, steep a few spoons of dried lemon balm leaves in hot water. The amount of leaves used is dependent on taste, and the brew can be sweetened with a bit of honey for a sweetly soothing cup of lemon flavored bliss.
1) Chamomile tea for general peacefulness
The true champion of relaxing teas, Chamomile is the ultra-famous cousin in the calming herb family. Resembling the humble daisy, this white flower has been used medicinally since Roman times. In modern times, it is a popular sleep drink since it helps curb insomnia and can improve anxiety levels as shown in a recent study. The herb also boasts a long list of auxiliary benefits including antifungal and immune boosting properties.
The fruity floral flavor of the tea has certainly helped boost its popularity since it can be enjoyed on its own without sweeteners or additional flavors to make it more palatable. It is also more widely available and can be found in both loose leafed and bagged varieties, making it much more accessible to even to most novice tea drinker.
The next time you feel anxious or need a night of full and restful sleep, reach for a cup of chamomile tea and allow it to do what tea does best: create a blissful moment with just you and your favorite cuppa.