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Teas for Stress

Infusions to Tame Stress


Herbal infusions (which are commonly called tea, but are different from true tea) are a wonderful form of natural stress relief. When stress is getting the best of you, the simple act of sitting down for a cup or two of herbal 'tea' can be like hitting a reset button on your day, lifting stresses away with each sip you take.

If you're in need of some serious stress relief, try these healthy herbal infusions for effective, natural stress relief.

Chamomile Tea

An image of chamomile blossoms and chamomile-infused vodka.
Marko Goodwin
One of the most widely available herbs on this list, chamomile is a flower with a sweet, apple-like aroma and a knack for zapping stress, reducing nausea / indigestion, stabilizing moods and promoting sound sleep. It is delicious steeped on its own or used in more elaborate tea recipes. For ideas on how to make chamomile tea at home, check out these chamomile recipes.

Mint Tea

A glass of mint green tea surrounded by fresh mint leaves
Lindsey Goodwin
Peppermint, spearmint and other types of mint are known for their refreshing, naturally pleasing flavors. They are also excellent at combatting stress and a variety of digestive issues.

For ideas on how to make mint tea at home, check out this list of mint tea recipes. Some include 'true tea' and others are caffeine free recipes. If you are feeling jittery, try decreasing your coffee intake and replacing it with mint tea.

Catnip Tea

Catnip isn't just for cats -- it can also calm their human owners (and other people, for that matter). Catnip is known for its abilities to calm excitement and aid in digestion, and is even considered to be a magical herb. Just be sure not to boil it when you prepare it, as this decreases its efficacy.

Catnip isn't the most pleasant tasting herb on this list, so you might want to start off drinking it in a blend. I recommend this catnip and chamomile blend for its flavor and calming effects.

Linden Tea

Also known as lime leaf tea, tilleul or French tilleul, linden tea is an herbal infusion made from the leaves and flowers of the linden tree. It has a light, soft, sweet flavor akin to chamomile. It is best used daily for treating everyday stresses, calming the mind and relieving nervous tension (as well as related tension headaches).

Valerian Root Tea

Unlike linden tea, valerian root tea is a "once in a time" affair. Like Valium (after which it is named), valerian root can be used for inducing a deep sleep even if you have insomnia. It tastes disgusting, but it is incredibly effective. Be sure not to drive after you drink it!

Lavender Tea

An image of Urban Tea Loft's Lavender Iced Tea Lemonade.
Urban Tea Loft
In addition to being one of my top ten teas for afternoon tea, lavender tea is a powerfully relaxing infusion with an incredible scent. Despite its gentle appearances, it is truly an herb to turn to when you are feeling completely wiped out by stress.

Lavender is effective in reducing anxiety, tension headaches, nervous exhaustion and digestive issues. You can learn more about lavender and find lavender tea recipes through the link above.

Ginseng Tea

Ginseng is one of the most hyped herbs in the world, but with good reason. Different types of ginseng have different medicinal properties, and many of them are incredibly potent. Panax ginseng is the best for stress relief, but Siberian ginseng is also good. Generally speaking, ginseng is excellent for clearing the mind, eliminating stress and reducing feelings of being overwhelmed. It can also help with sleep issues.

Ginseng tea has a bitter taste, so it is often blended with other herbs before it is brewed. There are commercially blended ginseng teas (such as Good Earth Ginseng Tea or Rishi Tea's Organic White Ginseng Detox Tea) available in many supermarkets, health food stores and drug stores.

Kava Tea

Known more for its powerful impact than its flavor, kava tea is an herbal brew best used in moderation. Like alcohol and valerian root tea, it can impair your driving, so be sure to drink it and then stay in one place! Kava is incredibly relaxing and can induce deep, pleasantly dreamy sleep. It tends to induce a feeling of being relaxed yet alert and aware, and unlike alcohol, it does not impair mental function.

Passionflower Tea

Passionflower (or Passiflora incarnate) is less known than many of the herbs on this list, but it is worth including for its abilities to tame irritation and tension, particularly for women experiencing PMS and other menstrual problems. It is also good for treating anxiety, insomnia, nervous tension and tension headaches.

Lemon Verbena Tea

A mystery herbal tea's leaves
Marko Goodwin
Also known as verveine, French verveine, louiza, or simply verbena, this mild herbal infusion is another "everyday" stress reliever. As the name suggests, lemon verbena has a citrusy flavor. It is good for mild treatment of nausea, upset stomach and insomnia, as well as daily stresses.

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