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