What do you do when you get burned out? Probably, you go out and hang out with friends or to the nearest spa. But with the daily stress that you can get from your workplace and home, which can be aggravated by problems in your personal life and finances, you may not be doing those every day. Drinking tea can be the best alternative to drive your stress away and have a relaxing night of sleep or a day of calm.
Indeed, you need not go far and wide to find relaxation and calm. You may find herbs in your yard that you can make into a tea that can give you the calming effect to fight off stress. Drinking tea has an age-old history that started in China. It has been used to treat many conditions by boiling fresh or dried leaves of the evergreen shrub, Camellia Sinensis. Today, however, a tea drink does not have to be from the tea shrub. It was discovered that other herbs can be as beneficial to our health.
One of the reasons people drink tea is because of its calming effect. The advantage of tea is that it is readily available and you don’t have to spend a thing. You only have to gather parts of the herb, boil them, and you have a ready tea, although there can be some other preparations for some herbs. Here are some tea drinks that you can easily prepare yourself that can give you a relaxing feel:
Mint has always been used for many purposes. It is being used to add flavor to many dishes, ease digestive problems and sunburn, freshen a room, and to repel pests. It can also be used as a facial astringent, hair conditioner, and mouth freshener. When used as tea by boiling leaves for 5 minutes, you can get the calming effect and have a good night’s sleep.
This herb comes from the same family as mints but it has a distinctive smell that resembles that of a lemon. It is now grown in many American homes and herbal gardens for its many health benefits. For this reason, you can see lemon balm in different processed forms like essential oil, capsule, and tea bags. You can make your own tea by boiling the leaves to derive relaxation and calm.
Passionflower is a climbing vine and has been used for anxiety, pain, stress, insomnia, hyperactivity disorders, and other conditions. Passionflower capsules are available in pharmacies but using the leaves to prepare your own passionflower tea can be as effective. Its calming effects include relief from muscle spasms and inducing sleep.
Chamomile tea must be one of the most popular among tea drinkers. Its earthy and somewhat sweet taste makes it the choice of many who are trying to cut off their caffeine intake. You will also derive the calming effect and various health benefits of chamomile.
To prepare a chamomile tea, you can steep the flowers for about five minutes, and it is ready to drink. You can add mint before steeping to enrich the flavor and aroma.
Lavender is now grown in many parts of the world and maybe more popular as a cosmetic ingredient. But it has many health benefits as well. One of them is its soothing effect. By brewing the purple buds of lavender, you can have a tea that can give you the soothing feeling you have been longing for. The distinctive taste and aroma of lavender make it one of the most liked tea variants.
With its distinctive aroma and rich antioxidant content, drinking catnip tea is an enjoyable and healthy undertaking. Its rosmarinic acid content is a powerful antioxidant that reduces cancer and atherosclerosis. But catnip tea is more known for its calming effect. It can be prepared by drying the leaves then boiling.
You can prepare a linden infusion by boiling the bark, leaves, or flowers. But you can use these parts separately when making your tea. Linden tea is excellent to relieve high blood pressure, inflammation, and indigestion. It is can also soothe a stressed mind.
With this herb’s ability to lower the cortisol level in an individual, it is used to manage stress. Using its roots, you can boil them for 5-10 minutes to make your tea. Adding honey and lemon will add flavor to your tea.
Lemongrass tea is popular for detoxifying but it is also beneficial for its calming effect. Its lemon-like flavor with no after taste makes it preferred by many. You can boil the leaves and stalks for about five minutes, filter, and you have an aromatic tea to enjoy.
Basil is extensively used in the culinary world but it can also be used to make a calming tea after dinner. It helps against stress and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is easy to prepare your basil tea. Steep the leaves for a few minutes and your tea is ready.
Ginger is a root crop common in oriental cuisine. Aside from the distinctive flavor it adds to dishes, it has also many health benefits and one of them is its calming effect. To prepare a ginger tea, you can slice the tuber and boil it for 5-10 minutes. You can add honey and lemon to neutralize the taste.
Not managing the early symptoms of stress can have adverse effects on our health in the long run. With the availability of herbs that have calming effects, we can fight off stress and get away with its many after-effects. Make your own tea with these herbs, it may not cost you even to spend a single cent, yet they can be very flavorful and have lots of medicinal values.