– the one thing none of us needs!
Are you stressed out? Are you suffering from insomnia, tension headaches or indigestion? A soothing and relaxing herbal tea may provide just the help you are looking for.
Tea may not sound like a great way to take the edge off a stressful day, but you’d be surprised. Herbal teas have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties. All the herbs mentioned in this article have been proven through various scientific studies to help alleviate a variety of
related symptoms by simply bringing the stress hormones back to normal levels, easing tension in your muscles, and calm your nerves.
So if you’re feeling a little stressed, anxious, irritable etc…I highly recommend you give one of these herbal teas – technically called tisanes – a try and you’ll feel for yourself how effective they are.
The Top 10
Relieving Herbal Teas:
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile is well-known for its abilities to reduce nausea and indigestion. It also soothes nerves and makes you calm. People who are hyperactive by nature will find it quite beneficial as it stabilizes their moods. If you have insomnia, a cup of Chamomile tea is just right to bring on that sound sleep.
- Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
One of the most popular herbal tea ingredients is Ginseng. Why? Ginseng tea clears out mental exhaustion and stress immediately.
You find yourself to be more peaceful and clam, after a cup of Ginseng tea. If you have trouble sleeping, try Ginseng tea to bring back that restive sleep.
- Mint (Mentha spp.)
Mint is well known for its aromatic flavor. If you add mints like peppermint and spearmint, your tea is not just well-flavored but it’s relaxes your mind. It’s also an excellent combating agent for an upset stomach.
- Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Skullcap – despite it’s scary name – is known for its abilities to relax tense muscles, reduce muscle spasms, calm nerves, and reduce headaches. Women will find skullcap tea to be very relieving because it’s also know to bring down irritability associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
- Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
Everyone knows of those times when you get those tension headaches because of work stress. This is the perfect opportunity to try some Lavender Tea. Lavender is known for it’s abilities to reduce nervous exhaustion, headaches caused by stress, and anxiety. It also perfect for reducing indigestion problems. It’s a great addition to other herbal teas as well.
- Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
An herbal tea with Lemon Verbena is just the dose you need for an upset stomach and nausea. If you have insomnia problems, you’ll find it to be just right for helping you get a good nights rest. The lemon flavored leaves and stems also make a delightful addition to other herbal teas.
- Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Although catnip causes quite a bit of excitement in cats, it has the opposite effect on humans. Catnip is well-known for its properties to reduce excitement and palpitations. When your stomach is unable to digest properly, it results in digestion-related headaches. At such times, a cup of catnip tea is just the thing you need for relief. It’s also very good for quieting the mind.
- Linden (Tilia spp.)
The aromatic flowers of this herb help relax muscles and nerves. It’s very good for making the mind calm and reliving headaches caused by stress. If you’re suffering from frequent nervous tensions, including Linden in your daily tea can bring down such problems and keep you calm.
- Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Passionflower is well-know for its ability to reduce headaches caused by anxiety and stress. It’s also know to bring down pain and irritability associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Drop this ingredient into your herbal tea and see problems like tensions and irritation vanish just as they came.
- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
While this ingredient is not going to make your teas taste sweeter due to it’s bitter and musky taste, it’s definitely right for bringing on a rejuvenated and sound sleep. If you have insomnia and have trouble sleeping due to stress, drop this into your tea for a restive sleep.
Here are a few other herbs – not covered in this article – that can help to induce a restful nights sleep: Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), Borage (Borago officinalis), Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac), and Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus).
Suggested Brewing Methods:
For each serving of tea desired bring 1 cup of water to a boil (preferable in an enameled or glass pan, I use this Glass Electric Kettle & Bodum YoYo Infuser). Remove the pan from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of dried or 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs to the pan or infuser. Let this mixture steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Place a lid on top of your container while it steeps to prevent the volatile essential oils from escaping. It is these essential oils which contain the medicinal properties that you are exploiting for use in your herbal beverage. Strain the herbs from the water and pour the tea into your favorite tea cup.
You could also use a French press or tea pot with a built in infuser basket. FYI: those little tea balls you find in some kitchen gadget stores don’t have enough room for the herbs to move around freely. If the herbs can’t move around freely in the water while they are steeping you will wind up with an inferior cup of tea.
If you don’t already know, well, I love tea. Just the thought of my morning tea (green tea) gets me out of bed in the morning. I think most of us experience stress on a regular basis and consuming one of these teas might just help you relax as they have helped me.
Find a Great Variety of Teas and Herbs HERE