The herbal tea game has been strong in recent years. People now have the option to purchase a wide variety of teas that are being produced for various reasons. Some of those reasons are just to have a cuppa with your British friend. Or to get some of the antioxidating properties that exist in the tea. Or it could even be to reduce your dependency on coffee. Certain teas – which we will discuss below, have various health benefits that stretch beyond what we think a tea can do. Some studies have even stated how properties in teas can disarm cancer cells. These same teas have a calming effect on the body, and mind too.
While talking about the property of teas, the NIH put out a few studies on how teas are rich in polyphenols. These include catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins. These polyphenols do a lot of work to reduce the “bad” activity going on within the human body. You can read more about that study here.
Anyways, let’s get into the list. Starting with the first one here which is not just one tea. We have options!
1. Variety of Spring Teas
When I am not able to choose what herbel teas to drink for my anxiety, I like to give these spring teas a shot. They have a higher purity level than other teas that I have bought from my grocer too. Keep different varieties of tea on hand. This can help with your body not getting used to a certain tea and eventually losing interest in drinking it. These teas come in so many different flavors. I personally like the apricot, white peony, and raspberry patch.
I initially got these as a gift and have since started following the company. The company also offers free shipping for orders over $49 when you use this link. All of these teas are calming teas that not only help with symptoms of anxiety and stress, but they are herbal teas that bring relief during allergy season too. And while I am a hot tea drinker, these can be had cold too. Brew them hot first and let them cool. 🙂
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2. CCF Tea
CCF herbal tea (or coriander, cumin, fennel tea) is an amazing Ayurvedic tea for stress and anxiety. Since CCF is not widely known yet, it will be your best bet to get the 3 ingredients and make it at home yourself. CCF tea is used in Ayurveda to support disease prevention and recovery by healing the digestive tract first. In Ayurveda, we believe that all disease begins in the digestive tract. And this includes mental diseases and stressors too. So if you can bring some balance, calm, and healing to your digestion, you will also start feeling it in your mind. To expand on this, CCF tea reduces the root causes of mental stressors including anxiety too. Get the home-made recipe on how to make CCF tea here.
3. Masala Chai Tea
Indian masala chai is an herbal tea in its own right. When done properly, masala chai can help you relax and remove the stress inducing factors produced in our body. It does this through the healing and calming properties of ginger and cardamom. These two spices are added to the tea during the boil process. They infuse the water and milk with the properties that are eventually absorbed by the body. This then allow for bodily and mental healing through the absorption process. Drinking a cup (or two) of real masala chai is a ritual we follow in our household, and hope you will too. If you are lactose intolerant or don’t like cow milk – check out this recipe of how to make Indian masala herbal chai with some alternate milk options.
4. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is probably the fastest way to get your body to relax. The NIH did a study on its effect and you can read that here. It is works by depressing the nervous system eventually resulting in a relaxed body and mind. I use this tea on nights that I cannot go to sleep. Also, it has worked to reduce the severity of my migraines and work stress. It does this by depressing the musculature systems in our bodies.
There are a whole variety of teas that attempt to do this, but chamomile stands by its name. Like other herbal teas, way too many tea producers produce chamomile teas these days. It’s important to check the potency and purity of your teas so you are not getting jibbed. Use reputable companies that have an interest in bringing you to health.
Caution: if pregnant, please speak with your doctor before trying this tea.
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5. Mint Tea
Herbal teas like mint teas are said to have some of the greatest health properties. These include improving brain function, fighting cancer, increasing your mood and energy levels, and much much more. They work on soothing the body and bring cam to the mind too. I personally prefer peppermint tea boiled or steeped for 5-7 minutes. And I have this about 5 times a day. I know that is a lot, but with the levels of anxiety I feel during the day, this is one tea that brings a sense of calm to my mind and body. Not to mention the smell of peppermint tea alone is calming and stress reducing. Use this link to search through the site for your own flavor of mint tea.
There are a ton of herbal teas out there that are good for your body in one way or another. Most of them are good for anxiety and stress. And with the amounts of research done on them by institutes such as the NIH, you can be certain there are benefits to drinking good, pure herbal teas. I am a creature of habit, and so I don’t always venture out with teas or even where I purchase. But what I’ve realized is that I’m missing out on so many types of herbal teas. And the teas are so easy to use. They come either as loose leaf teas, tea bags, or ready made teas in the cooler section of your grocery store. I do recommend making teas fresh at home. And when working with loose teas, always do a quick cold rinse to the tea before you steep.
Are you going to try out one or all of the teas I’ve mentioned above? I’d love to know which ones you’re going to try!
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