Teas for All Natural Stress Relief
Can't Escape Stress?
We all have those days that leave us harried and in a frenzy, and while visions of laying on a hammock listening to the tides dance in our heads are wonderful, those visions don’t get to become a reality as often as we’d like. Thankfully, there is a virtual cornucopia of soothing, calming teas available that work beautifully to calm frazzled nerves and leave us in a state of nirvana…even if just for the evening.
Lemon Balm is a wonderfully therapeutic herb that is available in tea form and which works wonders on calming the nervous system. Lemon Balm has been used for generations to treat anxiety and other nervous disorders which makes it the perfect tonic for anyone feeling overwhelmed by stress. As an added benefit, Lemon Balm also helps alleviate headaches, gas and bloating.
Chamomile has always been a popular tea of choice to aide in restlessness and anxiety. Seen in the past as an Old Wives’ remedy, plenty of current clinical studies have found that Chamomile indeed helps abate the symptoms of anxiety and restlessness. Chamomile tea makes the perfect nightcap to calm the nerves and promote good sleep as well as good digestion.
Passionflower is another favorite tea that is well-known for its soothing benefits. Used to calm muscle tension and spasms, aide in mild anxiety, and insomnia, Passionflower is a wonderful go-to to help relieve symptoms of stress and promote feelings of serenity. Long used in Latin America to treat depression, convulsions and sleep issues, several double-blind clinical tests have recently shown Passionflower to be as effective as benzodiazepines when used to treat anxiety.
Although Green Tea may not be one of the first herbal tonics that come to mind for relaxation, it is actually a wonderful tea to help create a feeling of serenity. Green Tea does have caffeine, so if you are looking to have a cup before bedtime, choosing a decaffeinated variety would be your best best. Green Tea contains high levels of theanine which is an amino acid that promotes relaxation via stimulation of the alpha waves in your brain.
For time immemorial, Lavender has been used to treat anxiety and depression and a tea made from Lavender buds is a wonderful treat to calm yourself on those crazy days. Lavender has been studied and proven to take the edge off of feelings of depression, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and general stress. This tea also has the added benefit of being aromatherapeutic, which allows you to drink in the benefits while you also get to breathe in the calming scent of the flower.
Catnip tea is yet another effective mild sedative that works wonders on frazzled nerves. Although you may not want to share it with your feline friends…now you know why they love this herb. Catnip contains nepetalactone which relieves stress, calms nerves, and helps reduce feelings of anxiety. Catnip also helps lessen the symptoms of premenstrual tension and cramping as it is also an effective anti-inflammatory.
A Cup of Sanity
While we can’t always avoid the things that cause us stress and anxiety, we can pour ourselves a nice cup of herbal tea to help quiet our minds and nervous systems, as well as promote good sleep and overall health without the side-effects of pharmaceuticals. There is also something very calming about the act of taking a few minutes to sit down and savor your cup of sanity, making the world stop if even for just a small moment.