We’re all thinking it and feeling it—stress is at an all-time high, amplified by a global pandemic, the fight for racial equality, political divides, economic uncertainty, environmental catastrophes, and more. Taking a moment to unwind can feel impossible, but it’s essential to maintain your well-being. For example, drinking a warm cup of tea may not seem like a big deal, but you can turn it into a relaxing daily ritual. Make the most of this moment with one of the following calming teas.
This well-known calming tea contains chamomile extract, which can help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, thanks to its soothing properties. Case in point: When tensions are high, you can find me sipping chamomile tea with a dollop of honey to quiet my chattering mind.
Licorice root extract, typically known for its cold and flu soothing benefits, can also be used as a calming tea to help reduce stress and fatigue. When it comes to licorice, you either love it or hate it. For that reason, this may or may not be the tea for you.
Valerian root contains compounds that can improve sleep and help manage anxiety—a must in your bedtime routine. While Valerian has an earthy, herbal sweetness, it can have an off-putting smell to some. However, the taste is not as intense, especially if you add a touch of honey or lemon.
Here’s yet another reason to consume this cult-favorite, super-seasoning. Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric, is said to potentially have stress-relieving, antidepressant effects.
This herb claims to assist in lowering anxiety levels and relieving insomnia by boosting your brain’s gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which lowers brain activity to help you sleep better. But don’t let the sweet name fool you; this delicious tea has savory and spicy notes that might make you passionate about drinking it.
The next best thing to whisking yourself away on a tropical getaway is to bring the getaway to you…in a cup! This tropical herb tea is touted to help you reach optimal GABA levels to soothe anxiety.
Before you hit send on that snippy email to your co-worker, you might want to take a peppermint tea break. Known to help alleviate anxiety, fatigue, and stress, this calming tea has a familiar flavor that may comfort you from the inside out.
Chances are you’ve seen content about this herb in your Instagram feed and thought, ‘What is this and what do I do with it?’ Answer: You can make tea. Frequently used in ancient Ayurvedic healing practices, Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that’s supposed to support hormonal balance and help calm stress and fatigue.
Studies suggest this antioxidant-rich plant, used for centuries in Chinese medicine, can protect the body from the effects of stress. You might know ginseng more for its energy-boosting properties, which it has, but it’s also able to help you relax when you need it. We love a double-duty ingredient.
Try a different calming tea each night to mix it up, or find one you love and enjoy it every night. Either way, you deserve some much needed TLC (that’s tea loving care).