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DEC

Relax At Night With Tea

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Teas at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
As the classic holiday standard tells us, although it might be “the most wonderful time of the year”, for a lot of us it’s also the most stressful time of the year, too. If you’re feeling restless and wound up after another hectic day of juggling your normal day-to-day stresses with the usual holiday obligations, think about steeping  back and relaxing with a warm cup of tea. Feel your stress and anxiety melt away with every sip of one of our favorite teas listed below.

Chamomile has been shown in multiple studies to reduce stress and anxiety in patients. How does it do it? One of its potent flavonoids, chrysin, gives it it’s sleep-inducing properties. While another compound, apigenin, helps induce a feeling of gentle, pleasant sedation. Bonus — chamomile is safe for kids too, and could help calm an anxious or overactive child. It has also been shown to help with other ailment such as colds and stomach aches. This tea combines chamomile with lavender for an extra dose of chill.

Valerian’s relaxing nature is why it  has enjoyed a long history as a mild sedative. Known as “nature’s valium”, valerian has been shown to really take the edge off. A 2005 study reported in the journal Sleep, showed clinically proven results for sleeplessness. We suggest a trifecta of relaxation with this tea that blends valerian with passion flower and lemon balm. Speaking of…

Lemon Balm has been used medicinally going way back to when the ancient  Greeks prescribed it for those suffering from insomnia and anxiety. This culinary herb appears to reduce cortisol – also known as the “stress hormone” — concentrations and helps blunt the effect of enzymes that inhibit GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) production, a neurotransmitter that  helps the brain to self-soothe.

Holy Basil, also known as tulsi, is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that grows all over the eastern tropics. Ayerveda medicine says that tulsi can promote overall general health and well-being due to its adaptogenic effects, and a recent study showed extracts of this herb reduced general anxiety disorder along with stress and depression. We really love this brand that uses completely recycled packaging and bleaches their tea bags with oxygen rather than chlorine, which causes less damage to the environment. That’s something you can relax about.

 




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