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Anxiety and stress have become a part of life for everyone. Be it mild, extreme, or severe panic attacks. But when it gets chronic, it becomes a cause for concern.
Before you reach out for any medication, try to look out for natural solutions to help your anxiety and stress issues. Especially because people who use anti-anxiety medication have a 36% increased mortality risk, according to a report in the 2010 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.
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Humans have loved brewing teas for over 4000 years and made it the second most popular drink in the world after water.
You’re missing out on something major if you’re not one of the 159 million people from the USA who drink tea.
Teas have been known to soothe your nerves, and are a better alternative than coffee to help you kickstart your day. With zero caffeine in them, teas do not interfere with your sleep and many different varieties of herbal teas can actually relieve your anxiety and help you relax at any time of the day.
These herbal teas pack in natural ingredients that have been found out to relieve anxiety and help you relax and even sleep better at night. And if you are wondering, yes! Many over-the-counter sleep supplements and relaxants do make use of these same ingredients found in the herbal teas.
Read on to know about the seven popular teas that can soothe your nerves and help relieve your anxiety and stress.
Lavender is widely known for its therapeutic and healing properties, with increasing evidence suggesting lavender oil may be effective in the treatment of several neurological disorders.
A 2010 study found out that lavender oil improved general mental and physical health without any side effects and significantly benefited the quality and duration of sleep. The researchers concluded that lavender oil has a clinically meaningful anxiolytic effect and alleviates anxiety-related disturbed sleep, suggesting its effectiveness for anxiety relief.
Another study on silexan (lavender oil capsules) demonstrated its effectiveness in relieving GAD in adults, with no signs of any sedative effect.
Lavender is refreshing, soothing, and calming to our senses with various studies confirming it’s beneficial effects on anxiety and sleep quality. The tea is made from the small purple buds of the flowering plant and can effectively relax your nerves and even aid in sleep.
Peppermint is a popular herb of the mint family and is used to flavor candy, desserts, beverages, salads, and other foods. It contains methanol which is a natural muscle relaxant.
Multiple studies have suggested peppermint oil can enhance memory, mental and physical performance, cognitive functioning, digestive processes, pain tolerance, and can also have positive effects on mood, stress reduction, and sleep, ultimately improving quality of life.
Another study on the effect of peppermint oil on drivers showed remarkable results with decreased anxiety, fatigue, and frustration along with greater levels of alertness while driving.
Other studies have found out the soothing effects of peppermint oil on reducing anxiety and depression among patients who were hospitalized for heart attack and childbirth, deeming it an effective recommendation in clinical situations.
All these studies suggest the potential that peppermint packs in to relieve anxiety, stress, and improve the overall mood and well-being. Peppermint tea can be made from the dried leaves of peppermint plants or oil.
Note: Peppermint tea is not recommended for pregnant women as it may cause mild uterine contractions increasing the risk of miscarriage.
Chamomile has been the go-to herbal tea since ancient times and continues to get popular. It has been suggested that chamomile can help in improving cardiovascular conditions, stimulate the immune system, and provide some protection against cancer. It also contains a powerful antioxidant called apigenin which makes chamomile tea a mild tranquilizer.
Limited research data (1, 2) has shown that long-term use of chamomile was safe and it significantly reduced moderate-to-severe GAD (general anxiety disorder) symptoms but did not reduce future symptoms from occurring.
Other studies have suggested chamomile activates the release of sleep-inducing neurotransmitters like GABA and promotes deep sleep in cardiac patients.
Although the data is limited, chamomile has been sought out for its soothing properties to relieve stress, anxiety and promote better sleep at night and you can try it out to see if it works for you.
Ashwagandha or more commonly known as “Indian Winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng” is a highly esteemed herb in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It’s mostly used as a potent tonic for various kinds of diseases like Parkinson, dementia, memory loss, stress-induced diseases, malignoma, etc.
One study found out that taking Ashwagandha root extract over a two-month span significantly improved resistance to stress and overall quality of life in people with a history of chronic stress.
A 2014 review of studies suggested that Ashwagandha extract can help relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, with further research needed for concrete evidence.
Traditional use of Ashwagandha extract on a logical and scientific basis provides suggestions for its effectiveness in relieving stress and anxiety and you can try it out to see if it works for you.
Passionflower is a climbing vine native to the southeastern United States and Central and South America. Native peoples of the Americas used it as a sedative. Spanish explorers brought it to Europe, where it became widely cultivated and was introduced to European folk medicine.
Passionflower is already promoted as a dietary supplement for anxiety and sleep problems, as well as for pain, heart rhythm problems, menopausal symptoms, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is applied to the skin for burns and to treat hemorrhoids.
A 2017 study demonstrated passionflower’s effectiveness as a mainstream sedative for reducing anxiety and stress in people having dental operations. Another study demonstrated significant improvement in sleep quality among healthy adults with mild fluctuations in sleep quality.
Try out the passionflower tea as the research and traditional use deems it effective as a relaxant.
Lemon balm is another calming herb of the mint family with a lemony fragrance. It induces calmness by boosting levels of the GABA neurotransmitter responsible for soothing stress and inducing sleep.
A study on lemon balm extract demonstrated an improvement in mild-to-moderate anxiety disorders insomnia. Another study on patients suffering from a chronic heart condition called angina showed a decrease in depression, anxiety, stress, and sleep disorder when supplemented with lemon balm extract over a period of 8 weeks.
All these studies attribute lemon balm to be effective stress and anxiety reliever and it can also be used as a mild sedative for inducing a great night’s sleep.
Note – Long term overuse of lemon balm may cause nausea and abdominal pain.
Green tea is popularly known for its high antioxidant properties but the health benefits of green tea are reported for a wide variety of ailments, including different types of cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. Long-term consumption of green tea could also be beneficial against obesity, type II diabetes, and could reduce the risk of coronary diseases.
Green tea packs in a high amount of l-theanine which is a relaxant and research suggest it impacts a number of neurotransmitter systems, majorly targetting glutamate, GABA, dopamine, and serotonin. The study concluded that 200 mg of l-theanine intake may help relieve high anxiety in normal people helping them carry out their daily activities easily.
Other studies suggest that theanine, unlike caffeine can help improve mood, enhance cognitive functions, and reduce stress.
Green tea is highly beneficial for health and drinking it regularly or even replacing coffee with a cup of green tea can make enormous changes to your well-being making you calmer and reducing chances of stress and anxiety.
These seven herbal teas can be effective natural remedies if you’re struggling with anxiety. They will definitely make you relaxed and relieve your anxiety and might also help restore your peaceful sleep at night.