While there are many ways to combat the onset of stress, few are as simple as drinking a warm mug of stress-reducing herbal teas. With that said, here are five herbal teas with medicinal properties that will physiologically reduce stress on a cellular level.
Chamomile: Chamomile has a sedative effect that is due to a flavonoid known as apigenin. It binds to receptors in the brain and acts as a mild tranquilizer. Because of that, it’s also helpful for promoting a better night’s sleep.
Peppermint: The awesome thing about peppermint oil is that it helps relax your muscles. When you’re stressed, do you ever get stomach aches or notice your digestion gets more sluggish? Peppermint specifically relaxes the smooth muscles which help with regulating digestion and minimizing abdominal discomfort. No more stress stomach aches with peppermint tea!
Rose: Rose is one of the most powerful ingredients for reducing stress! In this study, researchers found that just inhaling rose as aromatherapy was enough to reduce overall feelings of stress in hemodialysis patients. Drinking rose tea is another powerful way to use it–and it’s delicious!
Passionflower: Passionflower isn’t commonly consumed because it isn’t as well known as the others on this list. But it’s just as powerful for reducing stress and anxiety! It has the biggest effect on sleep, which is crucial for the body restoring itself—especially during times of stress. Chronic stress and insomnia often go hand in hand, right? One study, in particular, showed that passionflower tea helped adults get better sleep and sleep more regularly as well.
Lavender: Lavender is an easy way to get the plant’s stress-reducing benefits. Researchers have found that it can reduce anxiety, improve mood, and promote better sleep, as well as increase feelings of well-being. Plus, it smells and tastes amazing!