5 Herbal Teas to Fight Stress and Reduce Anxiety
The routine of drinking tea can help reduce stress and anxiety
TEA HELPS US CALM DOWN
Every year when the exam season approaches, my roommate will take out the kettle and order an assortment of tea. Slowly, the piping hot beverage became a constant.
Through several heartbreaks, academic stress, and life casually throwing curve balls. Tea has remained, providing a bit of necessary solace.
Not to say that it’s a magical potion, which erases all trouble. But tea did soothe us and help us calm down.
The best part?
- No side-effects!
- It’s very easy to get a hold of.
- It can be prepared in a heartbeat, unless you like your tea fancy.
- Compared to other substances, tea isn’t addictive… sorta.
- Furthermore, the different varieties of tea available will ensure that you don’t get bored!
1 ) ASHWAGANDHA TEA
Ashwagandha, along with reducing stress hormones, also acts as a sedative. Don’t be surprised if having a cup before bed gives you a more peaceful night’s sleep.
Since it’s a delicate herb, it needs to be brewed for a longer time than what you’re probably used to. Ten minutes or more.
The tea can be prepared either by boiling the roots in water or by using Ashwagandha root powder. Honey and milk can be added if you want to enhance the taste even more.
2 ) CHAMOMILE TEA
Chamomile is one of the most used teas around the world.
You can either try Chamomile infused tea, or one made with dried or fresh Chamomile flowers. Fresh Chamomile can be brewed in about three minutes, while dried varieties take a little longer.
Numerous studies can be found with proof of its relaxing and calming effects. Chamomile also aids in falling asleep.
3 ) PEPPERMINT TEA
This aromatic tea was an instant favourite of mine.
The presence of menthol, which is a natural muscle relaxant, helps reduce stress-induced tension and irritation. The lack of caffeine is also a big plus.
It needs to be brewed for 5-10 minutes, with the dried variety requiring less time than the fresh one.
PS: Avoid peppermint tea if you’re suffering from acid reflux, as it can make it worse.
4 ) GREEN TEA
No list of tea is complete without a mention of green tea. Drinking a cup before going to work has helped me calm down and perform better.
Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid analogue shown to have relaxing effects. A group of compounds called polyphenols can help with anxiety and depression.
The added benefit of it flushing toxins from our body makes it a must-have.
5 ) PASSIONFLOWER TEA
The name is what made me try this tea, and I was not disappointed.
Passionflower tea contains Chrysin, which appears to have positive effects on anxiety. Preliminary research has also shown that it helps with sleep.
It has a pleasant, mild taste that you really should try at least once.
STILL NOT CONVINCED TEA IS FOR YOU?
More than the type of tea, the routine of drinking tea can also help reduce stress and anxiety.
It allows us to take a breather, perhaps while reading a book, watching TV or spending time with our loved ones. It’s a great way to collect ourselves while preparing to face the world.