Tackle Stress and Anxiety with these Calming Teas
If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed by the current situation and looking for a natural remedy, you could try sipping a soothing cup of herbal tea. There are lots of teas on the market, but these are some of our favourites:
GREEN TEA – contains an amino acid called theanine which js said to promote relaxation. Many people take this amino acid in supplement form to help alleviate anxiety, stress and manage depression.
CHAMOMILE – making sure you’re getting enough sleep is crucial to managing stress. If you are having trouble sleeping then this is great go to tea as well as VALERIAN (see below). It helps to calm your nerves, allowing you to drift off.
It has been found that chamomile also improves daytime functioning of people who suffer from insomnia too. People who have disturbed sleep could be prone to put on weight as you are likely to eat more during the waking hours so put this tea on your shopping list for your overall health and wellbeing!
VALERIAN ROOT TEA – promotes a better sleep and helps to calm the mind. It contains a number of compounds that may help improve sleep and manage anxiety. Valerenic acid, for example, may help lower anxiety by reducing the breakdown of the chemical messenger gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.
CATNIP TEA – not just for cats! Catnip is a plant from the mint family and it can be used for stress-related issues like anxiety and insomnia.
PEPPERMINT TEA – a truly wonderful all-rounder. The smell is enough to make you alive and refreshed but pouring hot water onto fresh leaves is a ritual in many countries who know the benefits of this fantastic humble plant. Its a delicious soothing and refreshing way to boost your overall health in a number of ways.
It has the ability to relieve headaches, stomach issues and inflammation and can be taken as capsules for IBS and also as a tea to improve digestion. It relaxes the mind and body, boosts the immune system and helps with weight loss because the aroma helps you control your appetite, thus reducing calorie intake.
It’s caffiene-free so a cup before bedtime can help aid sleep as its a muscle relaxant. It can help with insomnia and erractic sleep patterns.
If your feelings of anxiety and stress are persistent, you can find a wide range of help and advice from the NHS here.