Tea can be a great way to add a little moment of zen into your daily routine. A perfect cup of tea can stimulate your senses and energize you from within. It not only relaxes your mind but also helps you sleep peacefully, thanks to all the herbs infused in these magical potions. From classic chamomile to meditative matcha, stress-relieving teas are a perfect fit to soothe, promote relaxation and ensure a healthy well-being. For people dealing with stress, it's crucial to take steps like practising relaxation techniques and these teas are perfect for that.
According to Smruti Pandey, an herbal educator and Nutritionist, calming teas typically fall into one of the following categories:
"Nerve tonics are usually herbs that are nutritive and nourishing," says Pandey. These are gentle herbs that gradually nourish us over time. After drinking them daily for three to four weeks, you should find that you start to feel more resilient to the inevitable stresses of life. Oatstraw is a good example. Nervines like these can typically be enjoyed any time of day or night.
"These herbs have a more immediately relaxing effect," Smruti explains. Think lemon balm and lavender. These are the herbs that you'd want to brew for in-the-moment stress relief. It's best to sip these teas at night as you're winding down from the day. though Smruti notes that you don't want to drink them too close to bed, as all that liquid could wake you up in the middle of the night.
She added, "The simple ritual of sitting down with your herbal brew of choice can also be therapeutic. Slowing down, breathing in the fumes (which by the way is a hydrating act), savoring the aroma and taste. It can be considered a form of meditation."
Here's a look at five stress-relieving teas that may help you stay calm.
As for the best types of herbal teas to sip for stress relief, these five come science-backed and expert-recommended:
Best for: Relaxing at the end of a long day.
Chamomile is well-known for its relaxing properties, and makes a soothing, aromatic cup of tea perfect for any time of day. For insomniacs, chamomile tea works wonders. Chamomile tea helps in relaxing headaches and anxiety pretty well. Steam dry chamomile flowers in water, strain it and your perfect stress-buster is ready.
"Chamomile is calming, relaxing, and soothing," Smurti says. "It is one of the great teas to drink after dinner to help you unwind from the day." Though it does have diuretic qualities, she adds, so you'd be wise to take your last sip a few hours before bed.
Best for: Falling asleep faster.
Lavender is another herb that has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation, making it a soothing addition to many of our teas and herbal infusions. Earl Grey Lavender blends black tea, oil of bergamot, and Provence lavender for a floral cup with a touch of spice, perfect for an afternoon tea.
When enjoyed as a tea, Pandey says, "The aroma of lavender relaxes the nervous system and produces a calming and soothing effect on the body."
Rose petals Tea
Best for: A soothing ritual.
Used for centuries in everything from rose water to essential oils, rose petals have been shown to have a potent relaxing effect. Midnight Rose is a mellow blend of quality Chinese black and organic rose petals for an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character.
Pandey explained, "Just first make sure they don't have any herbicides or pesticide residue. Organic is best"
Best for: Helpful for combating stress-inducing
Peppermint tea is a refreshing sip that is delicious both hot and cold. It acts as a natural antispasmodic and sedative to help relax both your mind and body. Plus, peppermint has shown to be great for your digestive system, which can be helpful if your stress or anxiety levels tend to bring on tummy troubles. Because it helps to relax muscles, peppermint tea can also help to soothe tension headaches brought on by stress and anxiety, even just by inhaling the scent of a warm mug of peppermint tea. Plus, if you're feeling anxious and overwhelmed by all you have to get done, peppermint tea can be a great option to give you a natural energy boost while also leaving you feeling calm and balanced.
Smurti explained "This traditional herb has de-stressing properties. It is used to fight depression, anxiety and boost cognitive functioning. In this regard, one must remember that the ashwagandharoots have several medicinal properties and one can consume the roots in various forms."
Lemon balm tea
Best for: Easing nerves.
Lemon balm is a natural herb with amazingly calming properties. It regulates cortisol levels, a stress-related hormone and elevates the mood. The fact that the herb belongs to a mint family, its flavor is quite refreshing.
"Lemon balm is a cooling and restorative herb that helps to calm the nerves and enhance your mood. It is known as a stress reliever that uplifts the spirit," says Smurti. She adds that the herb's cooling qualities can also support healthy digestion. Sipping on herbal tea can be a great way to calm down and blow off some steam in more ways than one. If you're looking for a new brew to sip during stressful moments, chamomile, lemon balm, rose, lavender, are all great options. Try and stay fit !