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As lockdown continues, I’ve had to make more of an effort than usual to manage and reduce my anxiety. I created a post in July 2020 about the best teas for anxiety and the first line states that nothing can’t be solved with a cup of tea, and I still stand by that statement.
Since then, I have opened my eyes to the world of tea and dived headfirst into the teapot. I love trying new teas! I didn’t realise how many flavours were out there, I am slowly but surely working my way through them.
Tea has amazing properties that can help reduce anxiety and having had a cup of tea every day for the last few months, I thought it is only fair I share the best teas for anxiety.
This is my favourite tea at the moment for a few reasons. Mint teas are filled with relaxing effects and help calm your mind and body. Which is beneficial for a few reasons:
- Of course anxiety. Peppermint tea is naturally caffeine-free so you can drink it as often as you like. I am also off coffee, so this a great hot drink alternative for me.
- This is a little TMI but I get trapped wind in my ribs and it can be really painful if I’m trying to sit or sleep, a little cup of peppermint tea and I start to feel at ease again.
The Clean Tea Company sent across a box of their Moroccan Gun Powder Tea and I am in love!! Each box has 16 tea bags. I brewed the tea for around two minutes before I started to drink it. I like to leave my teabag in, but after two minutes you can take it out. Having a cup of mint tea has become my lunchtime ritual. Another thing I loved was the packaging, it came in a non-plastic biodegradable box.
The teabags are also recyclable as they are made from corn-based starch. Once you’re finished with your tea bag, place it into a compost heap and within 12-24 months, it will turn into gas and water providing nutrients to the soil.
I can’t thank The Clean Tea Company enough for sending me out a box of their tea and is now on my list of top five teas.
One of the best teas to reduce anxiety is Chamomile. Chamomile contains different chemicals called flavonoids which is in a lot of plants and has medical properties. There are several things Chamomile tea has helped me with, such as:
- Reducing menstrual pain – Whenever I have cramps, I have a cup of chamomile tea and within thirty minutes my cramps start to calm down.
- Helps with Sleep – The tea is caffeine-free.
- Getting rid of a cold – Having two or three cups of this tea when you have a cold can do wonders for you. You can also inhale it (face in a bowl of hot water and Chamomile) if you’re not too keen on the taste.
- Reducing stress and anxiety – this is probably the reason I drink this tea so often. The tea is a natural sedative.
Chamomile tea does have a particular taste so if you’re not too keen on it, there are plenty more out there.
I added green tea to the list because it’s great for a detox. Green tea does contain caffeine, if you’re trying to stay away from caffeine, green tea isn’t for you. In order to feel the full effects of the detox, you would need to drink between three to five cups of green tea a day.
Green tea also has properties that help skin care, more specifically wrinkles and slowing down the signs of ageing. It also contains anti-inflammatory property.
Green tea is a great alternative if you’re cutting back on the coffee as it only contains 30-50mg of caffeine whereas a cup of coffee of the same amount contains 95mg of caffeine.
Green tea contains a chemical called Theanine which is a natural Amino acid. This gives off a relaxing effect. I personally don’t drink green tea for anxiety, but it’s a great herbal tea with many benefits.
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I have to be honest, this is my least favourite tea. Although it’s amazing for anxiety and sleeping, I cannot stand the taste of Lavender, but I thought it’s a great tea for anxiety so I need to include it in this post. I personally use Lavender oils and creams to ensure I am getting some of the benefits.
Some of the benefits of Lavender are:
- It contains antiseptic properties which help to heal bug bites.
- It can help anxiety, insomnia and depression. I currently use Nightol when I am struggling to sleep and that contains lavender. I find this really works and would recommend it if you struggle to sleep.
- Lavender is also known to help with headaches, toothaches and sores.
I wish I liked lavender tea more as the healing properties are endless.
Lemon balm (add honey)
My mum bought me a present, and it was a box of special flavoured tea. My favourite was the lemon balm mixed with honey.
This tea has been proven to reduce anxiety, help with insomnia along with a healing property for cold sores. Cold sore cream contains 1% of lemon balm which is why it’s great to drink if you have a cold sore.
Although this tea is great for short term use, if used too often it does cause some side effects: vomiting, dizziness and stomach pain. I would not recommend drinking this tea regularly.
Best teas for anxiety
If you’re struggling with anxiety, tea is a great way to naturally reduce it. A word of warning, too much herbal tea can cause side effects. If I drink too much herbal tea, I feel extremely bloated and can cause my bathroom habits to change. Along with nausea and sore heads.
Be careful with the amount of herbal you drink.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the best teas for anxiety. What’s your favourite herbal tea for anxiety?
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