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Soothing Teas That Combat Stress and Restore Serenity

Updated on January 2, 2018
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Stress-Busting Teas

Flowers add a delicate flavor to loose herbal tea.
Flowers add a delicate flavor to loose herbal tea. | Source

Stress Relief is as Close as the Nearest Cup of Calming Herbal Tea...

Feeling stressed? Why not try a relaxing remedy from nature's tea cupboard? A soothing tea may be just the ticket to help to restore inner serenity.

Many people have seen herbal teas out there and may associate them with "sleep" teas but herbal teas offer far more. There are special medicinal formulations that can help to combat troubling feelings of depression, anxiety, and feeling on edge.

Calming teas contain substances that support and relax nerves, reduce tension, and work in different ways to restore calm and a sense of inner balance.

Natural plants and the herbal teas that are made from them can be every bit as potent as synthetic medications but usually without the side effects. Compounds in herbal teas can act to reduce emotional stressers that afflict modern-day people who lead hectic lives.

Take a delightful relaxing tea break with one of these teas, whenever you feel the need to de-stress.

Ashwagandha Tea

Ashwagandha is also known as winter cherry and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is thought to act in a similar fashion as Lorazepam. You may be able to find it as a tea in a specialty shop.

Ashwagandha medicinal tea can be taken to relieve nervous exhaustion and stress and is considered a good tea for calming. Researchers at University of Texas Health Science Center noted that extracts of ashwagandha showed activity similar to GABA, which lends credence to its being a soothing tea, effective in relieving anxiety.

Calming Camomile Tea


Chamomile Tea

Clinical data supports chamomile as being effective for a number of conditions, including nervous disorders. Glycine, an amino acid in chamomile, acts a nerve relaxant. Chamomile can be used as a herbal approach when seeking to combat stress, brewed in a tea to relieve tension and anxiety.

Calming Catnip


Catnip Tea

Wow. so many good things could be said about catnip. Oftentimes, when someone is stressed, they also experience physical symptoms, such as pain in their body and headaches. Catnip has become a popular tea because of its myriad health benefits.

Catnip tea relieves restlessness, gastrointestinal distress, tension headaches and migraines. A constituent in catnip, nepelactone, is similar to the valepotriates found in valerian. Catnip is regarded as a herbal calmative and has been used for centuries to help people to relax and sleep.

This wonderful plant also combats a host of other ills, such as colds, flues, and bacterial and viral infections.

Kava Tea

Kava is prized for its anxiety-relieving effects. Kava is cultivated for its calming of mind and body and can help with a restful night’s sleep. It is often used in conjunction with other soothing herbs in tea to calm the nerves. Kava contains a number of compounds that are believed to have a relaxing effect on the body.

Lavender Tea


Lavender Tea

Herbalists recommend lavender to calm the nervous system. Lavender has a wonderful aromatic scent and is used to relieve stress.

Dried lavender buds/flowers can be infused for a sweet-tasting soothing herbal tea or tisane. If you prefer to make your own, make sure that you use the culinary lavender. You do not need much. Lavender is an aromatic, so a little goes a long way.

You can also buy lavender tea or.

A Balm for Calm

Lemon Balm Plant
Lemon Balm Plant | Source

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family and can easily be grown in the garden. As its name indicates, it has a lemony flavor and fragrance. Terpenes in lemon balm can have a relaxing effect. This plant also contains eugenol, which calms muscle spasms that often accompany stress. Lemon balm is considered a soothing herb that can relieve tension and relax the nerves, making it a good, calming tea.

Brewing Lemon Balm Tea

Making a Cup of Calming Lemon Balm Tea
Making a Cup of Calming Lemon Balm Tea | Source

Linden Tea

Linden flowers are used as a remedy for the nervous system. The flowers contain an essential oil, part of which acts as a sedative and one that is used in medicinal preparations. Linden is also used to offset sleep disturbances and nervousness associated with menopause. Linden blossoms are widely used in Europe because they make such a pleasant tasting infusion. Restaurants there serve popular, calming linden tea.

Linden Tea


Passionflower Tea

As can be seen in the photo, passionflower is unique and beautiful looking but it offers much more.

Passionflower has long been used as a folk remedy to treat anxiety. Studies confirm that passionflower extracts have anti-anxiety properties. It is believed that passionflower contains naturally occurring serotonin. Passionflower is a soothing plant used in healing tea preparations and is approved as a treatment for nervousness by Commission E of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices.

Passiflora Incarnata

Pasiflor Incarnata has been shown to be an effective medicinal herb and is used in Passionflower tea.
Pasiflor Incarnata has been shown to be an effective medicinal herb and is used in Passionflower tea. | Source

Valerian Tea

Valerian has been researched for its efficacy in relation to anxiety and insomnia. Herbalists have found that Valerian tea can actually offset the effects that stress has on the body. Researchers have found that different constituents in Valerian seem to balance the nervous system.

Valerian is one of the most widely prescribed relaxants and is considered a good tea for stress. The tea is prepared from the root, and as a soothing remedy tea, it is a soporific that is widely turned to.

Some people have been able to discontinue sleeping medications by switching to Valerian.

Valeriana Officinalis


Brewing Your Own Tea?

If you are making your own herbal tea, why not sprinkle in a handful of rose petals? Nothing could be lovelier than a soothing tea, lightly perfumed and flavored with hints of rose. If you have a rose bush growing in your yard, add a little touch of magic.

Brewing Calming Teas

Soothing teas are infused with either hot or cold water, depending on the herbs and their properties.

  • Follow brewing instructions to benefit from soothing ingredients in herbal teas.
  • Some people prefer to grow their own herbs or visit a whole foods market for the raw materials for blending their own calming teas.

Managing Stress With Herbal Tea

Have You Tried a Soothing Tea to Combat Stress?

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Making Herbal Tea for Stress Relief

Take a Break and Brew Some Tea for Relaxation and Destressing

Loose Tea Leaves for Making Tea
Loose Tea Leaves for Making Tea | Source

Why Not Pamper Yourself

To really pamper yourself, you might choose to treat yourself to a pretty teapot. There are some stunning tea sets available that include the pot and a cup. What a neat idea!

Something pleasing to the eyes can also be a stress reliever and brewing a soothing tea is a pretty pot is a way to truly pamper yourself.

What's Your Favorite Stress-Busting Tea?

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Cautionary Note

Check with a herbalist or your doctor before consuming a soothing tea. Herbs contain medicinal compounds that might cause a reaction if taken in concert with other drugs. Drinking soothing teas may not be advisable if you have certain health conditions. If you are pregnant, check with your health care provider before drinking a herbal remedy. Do not exceed recommended dosages.


  1. Mars, Brigette, Healing Herbal Teas: A Complete Guide to Making Delicious, Healthful Beverages, Basic Health Publications (February 2006)
  2. Seal, Bruton J, Seal, Matthew, Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies, Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  3. Spinella, Marcello, Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs: Medicinal Herbs for Treating Psychological and Neurological Problems, Routledge; 1 edition (February 28, 2005)
  4. Reichert, Ronald, Kava Kava: the Anti-Anxiety Herb That Relaxes and Sharpens the Mind, Keats Publishing (October 1997)

© 2013 Athlyn Green


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    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      7 years ago

      What a beautiful Hub on teas.

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      This was a fantastic, informative hub.

      I am easily stressed, yet camomile tea is the only one l knew of until now.

      Thank you for such great, helpful information.

    • Rosie writes profile image

      Audrey Surma 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      I am drinking chamomile with honey right now and it is great right before going to bed. Love your hub. Pinned.

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      8 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Rose, thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's amazing how effective herbals can be.

    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This was A very insightful article. It is amazing how many varieties of teas are out there and the wonderful benefits. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      8 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Peggy,

      Thank you for your great feedback. I'll be adding more information to this hub as time goes on. I'm planning on adding more pictures, too.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a great source of information about the different teas used for combating stress, etc. My grandmother used to like drinking Chamomile Tea. Up, useful and interesting votes and will share + pin. Thanks for writing this!


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