Life isn’t always a walk in the walk. It can be quite stressful. In times of stress, you may be feeling highly irritable, emotional and anxious. And as a result, you may suffer from headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, and weight loss, just to name a few symptoms. That being said, don’t stress out! One of the simplest and most effective treatment options to manage stress is to have a cup of tea! It’s natural and low-cost alternative to prescription drugs. Many herbal teas contain stress-relieving and calming properties.
Here are some herbal teas that are known to relieve stress:
Chamomile is one of the best known flowers to relieve stress and is known for its calming properties. In ancient Egypt, it was used to treat stress-related symptoms like headaches and anxiety. Moreover, chamomile has sedative properties and can treat insomnia. Though chamomile is easy to grow, the tea is readily available at most grocery or herbal stores.
This exotic looking flower is considered a mild sedative and can help promote sleep. It can also be used to treat stress-related symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, depression and nervousness. Passion flowers is especially effective in treating headaches caused by anxiety and stress. The parts of the flowers that grow above the ground can be dried and steeped for tea.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort, hypericum peraforum, is another well-known flower that can help relieve stress. The use of the St. John’s Wort dates back to over 2400 years ago, where it was used to treat mental illnesses. It is be found that the herb breaks down norepinephrine, a stress hormone and can be helpful in treating depression.
Not only does lavender smell good, it is also makes a tasty tea! Lavender does wonders for the body! It contains calming properties that can help reduce headaches, anxiety and irritability issues. Lavender is also effective at inducing sleep.
How to Make Herbal Tea:
- In a pot, bring 1 cup of water to boil.
- Add 1 tsp dried or 1 tbsp fresh herbs.
- Cover and let mixture steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour the tea through a strainer and into your mug. Enjoy!