10 Herbal Teas That Help You Relax

Herbal teas can help you relax!
Herbal teas can help you relax! | Source

Nature has packed herbs with many healing properties, and some of herbs are really beneficial in relaxing mind and body if ingested. Herbal teas or extracts are made by infusion of such herbs in water and then brewing or simply boiling them till the required concentration is achieved.

In this article I would list some herbal teas that have a relaxing effect. Rad on to know which herbs have a relaxing effect on mind and body.

A glass of chamomile tea can help you relax.
A glass of chamomile tea can help you relax. | Source

1. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is known for inducing a feeling of relaxation when taken internally. The reason lies in the presence of amino acid L-theanine which has a sedative effect on body. L-theanine promotes relaxation by producing alpha brain waves that feature body’s relaxed state. Chamomile tea also relaxes any gastrointestinal and digestive disturbances that cause stress. Studies have shown that chamomile tea helps in the treatment of mild to moderate generalized anxiety disorder. Its muscle-relaxing effect can help with insomnia and stress-related flatulence. You can easily get it from any local health store or online. It is safe tea to be taken by anyone but if you’re pregnant better avoid it. Also, taking chamomile in large doses can cause nausea and vomiting. So, enjoy this relaxing tea but with care.

Saint John's Wort tea is known to be an anti-depressant!
Saint John's Wort tea is known to be an anti-depressant! | Source

2. St. John’s Wort Tea

St. John’s Wort is a common herb that is used to treat depression for it increases the levels of neuro-transmitters serotonin and dopamine in brain. The herb has been compared to anti-depressants used to treat depression due to its high effectiveness against depression and mild to moderate anxiety. It is specifically used for the treatment of mild depression, anxiety, tension and irritability. St. John’s Wort tea is available easily in health and drugstores. Just make sure you don’t take it with any other anti-depressant, and taking it in large doses can be very addictive.

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Valerian tea may be quite helpful.
Valerian tea may be quite helpful. | Source

3. Valerian Tea

Valerian herb has been used for centuries for treating insomnia, intestinal irritation, excessive sweating, fear and anxiety. A study conducted on rats showed significant reduction in their anxiety behavior when given valerian extract. The herb tea is often used as a muscle relaxant for its mild tranquilizing effect on our mind. It is also used to reduce sleep problems for it calms down nerves. Many people have also noticed its opposite effects, so skip this tea if you feel more alert and active after taking valerian tea. Also, a person can get addictive to valerian tea, so be moderate.

Though irritating for cats, catnip tea is super-relaxing for humans!
Though irritating for cats, catnip tea is super-relaxing for humans! | Source

4. Catnip Tea

Catnip has a variety of medicinal uses including insomnia, excitability, palpitations, nervous indigestion, stomach upsets, and digestion-related headaches. Its tea has been used as a calming brew for hundreds of years. It is also known to soothe stomach and calm nervous system.

Seemingly refreshing lemon balm tea is relaxing to its best.
Seemingly refreshing lemon balm tea is relaxing to its best. | Source

5. Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon balm is another herb that is known to promote sleep when combined with other relaxing herbs. Studies have shown that taking lemon balm tea helps overcome anxiety, nervousness, and depression. It also calms digestive system, lowers blood pressure and relieves fatigue.

Green tea is soothing and relaxing specially when taken hot.
Green tea is soothing and relaxing specially when taken hot. | Source

6. Green Tea

Before writing about green tea, I’ve taken a hot cup of it for it helps me relax! Green tea also contains theanine which helps stimulate brain to relax. It causes a relaxed mood and induces sleep more easily if taken in small quantity. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant that can help you relax and also lose weight. Large amount of green tea or a high-concentrated tea/extract can lead to temporary insomnia in few people.

A very relaxing tea you can always take.
A very relaxing tea you can always take. | Source

7. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is known for its digestive tract regulating properties, and is an anti-oxidant. Its tea is not as effective alone as it is when blended with other sedative herbs. For its soothing properties you can add a handful of mint leaves in boiling water and let stand for a few minutes to make an excellent blend. You can also add a few peppermint leaves to your cup of tea.

Passionflower tea can help with insomnia.
Passionflower tea can help with insomnia. | Source

8. Passion Flower Tea

This herb is known for its medical properties for the treatment of mild nervous restlessness. Its leaves and stems are used to make tea which is used to relieve anxiety, insomnia, irritability, nervous tension, PMS & menstrual problems, and headaches to name a few. You can get it easily at your local health store or online.

Lavender tea is so soothing that you'll be feeling sleepy in no time!
Lavender tea is so soothing that you'll be feeling sleepy in no time! | Source

9. Lavender Tea

It is another herb that is known for its sleep-inducing properties. That fact is supported by the use of lavender in many relaxing products including beauty treatments used at spas and beauty products worldwide. When ingested, lavender can be sedating and calms down hypertension.

Kava is available in tea leaves and powder both.
Kava is available in tea leaves and powder both. | Source

10. Kava Tea

Kava is a highly-prized medicinal and and beverage plant, whose primary benefit is alleviating anxiety. It has been cultivated and used for thousands of years for its ability to calm body and mind, and promote sleep. It is also anti-spasmodic and is helpful in hypertension. Kava tea helps relieving stress, anxiety and minor pain as well as leading to good digestion and proper functioning of kidneys.

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So next time you feel stressed out, sip a hot cup of your favorite herbal tea for a relaxed mind and calmed soul!

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fucsia 5 years ago

Here there are many useful information! Thanks!

I usually use green tea, chamomile, mint. But now I will try other teas.


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Spider Girl 5 years ago from the Web Author

Thanks fucsia for stopping by and liking the hub! Glad to know that you enjoy teas!


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Very cool spider girl, I only knew of chamomile, great to find some other relaxing teas.

Ben


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Spider Girl 5 years ago from the Web Author

@ Ben, glad that you knew about some more relaxing teas! Thanks for stopping by!


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

great hub, I love herbal and fruit teas


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Spider Girl 5 years ago from the Web Author

@annmackiemiller, glad you liked the hub! I have to try fruit teas yet :)


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ThisVsThat 5 years ago

Awesome Hub! Chamomile literally knocks me out. I'll have to try some of the others.


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Spider Girl 5 years ago from the Web Author

@ThisVsThat thanks for stopping by, and liking my hub. Hope you enjoy these teas :)


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Another great page, I love tea so much I think my family would think I was a strange if I didn't. Most of these teas here I have or do drink everyday. You did give me some new idea's here so an informative and useful page.


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Spider Girl 5 years ago from the Web Author

Thanks for liking the hub Fluffy77, I'm glad it gave you some more ideas for teas :)


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wmhseo 5 years ago from Canada

Nice Hub! I love herbal tea befor to go to my bed :)


David 3 years ago

Thank you, I've found this to be true. I used to have methamphetamine-induced insomnia, but I started injecting chamomile extract instead and it does the trick!


Alfie 6 months ago

Great work on this Hub! I've tried some different teas to relax and this really helped me a lot!

Often I spend about half an hour a day drinking some nice lemon balm or peppermint tea and listen to some music like this:

https://youtu.be/iki2Bj7BiCA?list=PLfkfxk3Q1BOIXUX...

It's a cool combination, just saying^^

Thanks for your Hub! :)

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