The English have it right. Their love of a hot ‘cuppa for any and all occasions means they never need an excuse to sit back and relax with a soothing pot of tea. Besides being delicious, tea has long been used for its ability to help ailments as well—ginger is often used for nausea, for example. Tea can also be a great way to help ease stress, and some kinds of teas are better known for this than others.
Although chamomile is often thought of as good for sore tummies, it is also great for stress. It’s caffeine-free, so it’s perfect for night time. In fact, it can make you feel sleepy if you’re having trouble catching those Zs. It’s also not a super strong-tasting tea, so it’s a nice & light drink for even new tea drinkers.
Green tea is filled with antioxidants, which are thought to help reduce inflammation. It also contains theanine, an amino acid that many people attribute to relaxation and calm. Green tea does contain caffeine, though, so if you’re sensitive you may want to stick to drinking it in the mornings.
A study done in 2001 observed that passionflower was an effective treatment for generalized anxiety. The properties of passionflower contribute to a greater state of wellbeing, and the best part is that there were virtually no side effects when compared to traditional medicinal treatments.
Yes, we really mean the same grass-like stuff that cats go bananas over. It turns out that the same properties that appeal to cats can also promote relaxation and sleep in humans! Since catnip is part of the mint family, it pairs well with peppermint, too.
Valerian tea has been used to promote sleep for thousands of years. Valerian root seems to help reduce cortisol (your stress hormone), which naturally translates into lower levels of stress.
Many people use lavender oils or sprays in their room at night. You’ll even see baby lotion with lavender to help babies sleep, and lavender roll-ons for adults for relaxation. Consuming lavender in tea form has a similar effect, with the added bonus of helping with digestion.
Even just the action of brewing tea and then sitting down to drink it can help you to take a break and disrupt what is contributing to your stress, no matter what kind of tea you choose! Sometimes, self-care is as simple as taking a few moments to breathe, and a cup of tea is the perfect excuse to do just that. So on this list or not, hot or cold, tea can be an easy and effective addition to your stress-fighting arsenal. Pinkies up!