Teas have been used for centuries to help promote health and wellness. The process of drinking tea in and of itself can be relaxing. The warmth of the tea can be very relaxing and soothing. The teas that you drink can have an added bonus of providing a relaxing boost. Here is a list of some of the most relaxing teas along with how they are prepared.
Passion Flower Tea
This tea can help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. Passionflower is so effective that Buzzfeed reports it is used to make a medication called Oxazepam that treats Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to go to your doctor to enjoy this great tea. To make this tea, all you need is one teaspoon of dried passionflower leaves too steep in a cup of hot water.
Drinking a cup of Chamomile tea can make you feel relaxed and often helps people fall asleep. It is one of the main ingredients in the name brand Sleepy Time Tea. Chamomile has been used to help treat insomnia, relieve stress and anxiety, and it has a mild muscle relaxing capacity. All of these benefits can make it the perfect cup of calm right before bed.
To make this tea you need 3-4 tablespoons of dry chamomile, or you can steep fresh chamomile flowers.
A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. Apparently, roses are not just good for their looks and smell. Rose petals can be used to make a calm evoking tea. Rose tea can help reduce stress and anxiety and tastes excellent!
To make this tea, you can use a tablespoon of dried rose petals. If you want, you can steep washed fresh rose petals as well. The fresh petals should be steeped for about ten minutes or until the petals turn dark.
The menthol in peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant, and according to the Huffington Post, this makes it the perfect before bed tea. Peppermint tea works to relieve stress and anxiety, and it contains no caffeine. With peppermint tea, you may get the added bonus of digestive aide as peppermint can help settle a sour stomach.
To make a good peppermint tea, you can use 1 tablespoon of dried leaves. If you want to use fresh leaves, make sure to crush them before allowing them to simmer in boiling water for a few minutes.
This Indian tea has a mild sedative effect and has been shown to be safe for short-term use. The herb affects the central nervous system and slows the body’s response to stress. This is an adaptogenic herb, which can help the body relax while providing powerful antioxidants. This is one potent tea so make sure that you start slowly!
Kava Kava Tea
The Calm Clinic recommends that you get Kava tea from an herbal tea shop because it contains enough of the active ingredient to cause relaxation and stress reduction. This is a very strong herbal tea and should be taken with the permission of a physician because it can interact with some medications!
To make Kava tea you should combine it with something high in fat like butter or coconut milk. This creamy tea will have you relaxed in no time.
All of these herbal teas are great ways to help you relax at the end of a stressful day, or can be used to take a time out and keep you calm and focused.
Remember that since some of the herbal teas do cause drowsiness you should try them at home before deciding to use them to help with daytime stress.