More about Tea for Anxiety

Herbal tea for anxiety is a simple, effective, all-natural way to relieve the distressing (and often debilitating) symptoms of ongoing stress and anxiety. 

While some people seem to be rarely affected by anxiety or worry, others feel fretful or tense constantly. If you do have feelings of anxiety, always remember that you're not alone (almost 20% of us struggle with anxiety!), so don't be fearful or self-conscious about searching for support or asking for help. 

If you've been feeling anxious and have been considering natural remedies (rather than prescription or over-the-counter medications), a healing tea for anxiety may help to ease your worry and tension. 

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Here are more well-loved herbal teas known for their anti-anxiety benefits (if you'd rather start from the beginning, our Tea for Anxiety section begins here). 

Lemon Balm Tea

Choose lemon balm tea to soothe nervous tension, combat fatigue, and relieve feelings of anxiety and melancholy. Calming and restorative, lemon balm herbal tea will ease stomach upset and encourage a deep, peaceful sleep. 

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If you tend to be especially susceptible to seasonal viruses when you're under stress, you'll also appreciate lemon balm's antiviral properties. This nurturing herbal tea's lemony aroma will boost your spirits, too. 

St. John's Wort Tea

St. John's wort tea, when consumed regularly, may bring relief from persistent anxiety, melancholy, stress, and nervous tension. If you've been struggling with insomnia or feeling irritated, mentally or emotionally exhausted, or simply off-balance, this healing tea can soothe and strengthen you. 

What about Traditional Tea for Anxiety?

Research shows that traditional teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant may help to relieve anxiety, too (for example, black tea brings cortisol levels back to normal more quickly after a stressful event, and the high levels of L-theanine in white tea are known to lessen anxiety). While some people do turn to black, green, or white tea for anxiety relief, others find that the caffeine in these teas exacerbates anxiety and irritability. If you find caffeine at all upsetting, consider avoiding traditional teas when you're worried or anxious, and try an herbal tea for anxiety, instead. 

However, before you consider consuming St. John's wort tea for any reason, please note these precautions and safe-use tips:

  • Important:  If you have or are being treated for any physical or mental condition and/or you are taking any medication (e.g. an anti-depressant, birth control pills, allergy medication, etc.), it's essential you consult with your healthcare provider before consuming St. John's wort tea. 
  • Don't consume this herbal tea if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to fall pregnant. 
  • Please don't use this herbal tisane for longer than 2 - 3 months without consulting with your healthcare provider. 
  • This tea may increase skin sensitivity to sun (especially for those who are fair-skinned), so please be sure to use organic sunblock vigilantly when outdoors if you're consuming St. John's wort tea regularly. 
  • St. John's wort tea has been known to cause other reactions (headache, digestive troubles, lightheadedness, tiredness, and more). If you have any sort of negative reaction to this tea, please discontinue use until you've checked with your herbalist, naturopath, or another trusted healthcare provider.

Peppermint Tea

Soothing and cooling, cleansing and strengthening, peppermint herbal tea will leave you feeling positive, refreshed, and relaxed. The high levels of menthol in peppermint tea help to calm and settle an anxious mind and loosen up tense muscles. 

If your worrisome thoughts have left you with a throbbing headache, stomach ache, or nausea, this herbal tea is well-known for providing fast, effective relief from headache and digestive upset, too. 

| Related:  Peppermint Tea Benefits

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Topical Herbal Teas for Anxiety

Herbal teas aren't only wonderfully therapeutic as beverages - these amazing healers can also provide wellness benefits when used topically in a tea bath or tea compress, or in a comforting tea steam. 

For additional relief from anxiety, tension, and worry, calm your body, mind, and spirit with a nurturing herbal tea bath before bed (or any other time you would benefit from a tranquil soak). Effective, soothing choices for an herbal tea bath include chamomile, ginger, lemon balm, lavender, and valerian tea baths.  

| Related:  Tea Bath Recipes

And, if you're struggling with anxiety and a tea steam sounds appealing, try a calming chamomile, lemon balm, or peppermint tea steam. Tea steams are comforting, gentle remedies that lift emotional stress and fatigue, help us breathe easier, and leave the complexion looking and feeling softer, smoother, brighter, and younger. 

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Your natural healthcare practitioner can be a wonderful resource for ways to reduce anxiety and stress naturally. She or he can help to ensure you're getting the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need to stay mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy, vibrant, and balanced. 

And please have a chat with your healthcare provider about tea for anxiety, too, to make sure the teas you're considering are safe, healthful choices for you (this is especially important if you are being treated for any health condition or are expecting or nursing a little one). 

Take some time, as well, to learn about the benefits and any potential concerns about any teas you're adding to your overall wellness plan. 

Remember, not every herbal tea is the best choice for each of us. If a new-to-you herbal tea causes a negative reaction (such as headache, itchy or rashy skin, or an unsettled stomach), please discontinue use. If you're not sure which tea for anxiety might be a healthful, helpful tea for you, please pay a visit to your natural healthcare practitioner. 

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