5 Herbal Teas to Calm Your Mind and Relieve Stress

Kava tea

Contributed by our friend Joshua

Do you know someone who never got stressed at all?

Stress has become a constant companion in our everyday life. From traffic to being late in a meeting to tons of deadlines to meet, we all have our fair share of stress.

While it's true that stress isn't always bad, if you don’t work to control it, it can control you.

Some people take long vacations and others splurge on shopping, but there are cheaper ways of to reduce stress, or at least calm down on those days that have your mind racing.

Try a cup of these 5 herbal teas that are known to be effective in calming your mind and helping you relieve your stress.

1—Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea helps calm your mind and body after a long and stressful day. 

Many people find it difficult to have a good night sleep when they are under a lot of stress. Chamomile tea is traditionally used as a lovely, calming bedtime tea so you can make your way into a deep slumber.

How to Prepare:

Dry chamomile–Add three to four tablespoons in eight ounces of almost-boiling water. Allow to steep for about five minutes.

Fresh chamomile–Infuse chamomile flowers into a pot of hot water for about three minutes.

Don't forget to strain it before you drink it, chamomile flowers often float and can make you cough.

2—Kava Tea

If there’s a tea that is most-researched and most-well known in its ability to control symptoms of high stress, it's kava tea.

Kavalactones, one of the components found in the herb, promotes serious relaxation—so well, actually, that you'll see kava bars popping up in cities all over with calm vibes and wonderful conversation. 

Kava is used as a natural sedative for people that have trouble sleeping—it eases muscle pain and promotes better sleep.

Be mindful of your dosage, there are reports that the kavalactones can stimulate the body's immune system and make you sick (or allergic) overtime. 

How to Prepare:

The best way to prepare kava is by simmering it for about 20 minutes—play with the dosage that works for you, but a teaspoon per 2 cups is a good way to start. It's a root so it needs a warmer temperature and a longer steep time to release it's healthy constituents.

Also note that you can get a nice relaxed feeling by making this tea in just water, but kavalactones are predominantly fat soluble, so if you want to sleep like a baby add a bit of fat like ghee to your tea.

3—Peppermint Tea

Do you notice that when you’re stressed, you’re more likely to feel tensed and get irritated easily?

If you want a natural way to calm you down in a stressful situation, take a sip of peppermint tea. This aromatic tea works wonders in providing relief for reducing your stress. The menthol found in peppermint tea will put your stressed muscles in a calm zone by relaxing your digestive system and activating your parasympathetic nervous system.

If you want a relaxing and deep sleep after a crazy day, drink peppermint tea before you go to bed. 

How to Prepare:

Dry peppermint leaves–add one tablespoon in eight ounces of almost boiling water. Let it steep for up to four minutes.

Fresh peppermint leaves–In hot water (when the small bubbles start to form and float to the top), add crushed leaves and let it simmer for two minutes.

Strain before you drink it.

4—Lemon Balm

Lemon balm has many uses, but on thing is particularly good at is helping put you in a better mood by utilizing stress hormones in a healthy way. It's a delicious bitter herb has the ability to relax your body without making you feel drowsy, perfect for those situations when you want to get relief from stress yet still be up on your toes.  

How to Prepare:

Dried Leaves—Add one tablespoon for each cup of almost boiling water.

Fresh Leaves—Add two tablespoons for each cup of almost boiling water.

Don’t forget to strain before you drink it.

5—Sage Tea

Perhaps you’re familiar with the sage because of its use in the culinary field.

This wonder herb is not only excellent in adding flavor to your favorite dishes; it’s also popular for its medicinal properties. It’s even dubbed as the “secret to long life.”

Sage has many healing properties but it’s more popular for its therapeutic ability to calm your nerves and reduce stress. It contains calming and antioxidant properties along with arrays of nutrients and minerals including magnesium, amino acids, calcium, folate, manganese, iron and many more. Sage also contains vitamins B6, A, E, C and K.

How to Prepare:

Add one teaspoon of dried sage leaves into 1-2 cups of boiling water. Let it steep for several minutes, then strain the leaves before drinking it. You can add fresh honey if you prefer your tea to be sweeter.

There are lots of supplements in the market that help relieve your stress, such as Detox Organics. If you want a more natural option in relieving stress, have your stash of these herbal tea and drink your way to a calmer and happier you.

Do you have a stress-reducing tea recipe that you like? Share it with us in the comments below.

About the Author:

Joshua is a writer who loves to write an article on various health & fitness topics. He believes workout is very important as it helps to boost your metabolism & improve health.

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