Helpful Herbal Teas for Anxiety and Stress

If you've been looking for a natural way to relieve worrisome or stressful feelings, why not try one of the many herbal teas for anxiety? Natural, effective, trusted age-old remedies, herbal teas may support us in managing feelings of worry, stress, and tension.  

In today's hectic and often stressful world, it can feel more and more difficult to keep anxious feelings at bay. Amongst everyday worries and demands, difficult life circumstances, and distressing world events, anxiety and worry are sadly becoming a far more common struggle for so many of us. 

When you need some support with easing those disquieting feelings, here are some beneficial herbal teas for anxiety that may help. 

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Chamomile Tea

Fragrant, calming chamomile tea is perhaps the most well-known (and beloved) herbal tea for helping to ease mild anxiety. Not only does traditional medicine value chamomile tea as a simple, very effective anti-stress remedy, but current studies are supporting this herbal tea's reputation as a nerve relaxant and stress reliever, as well. 

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And, if fretfulness or stress has been keeping you up at night (troubled sleep often goes hand-in-hand with increased worry), sip some chamomile tea (aka the "night-time tea") before bed - its mild sedative effects may help to encourage a dream- and worry-free sound night's sleep. 

Many of our readers turn to chamomile herbal tea for nervous-system and sleep support - you can read their comments and stories here

Lavender Tea

Feeling tense, out of sorts, disheartened, fatigued? Lavender tea may help to ease anxiety, soothe and strengthen your nerves, and promote balanced feelings. If worry or stress leaves you with tummy troubles, lavender tea is great for comforting a churning stomach, too. When your days seem to overflow with stressful events, why not take a travel mug of lavender tea (hot or iced) with you, ready to sip when you need an emotional boost? 

Studies show that the mere aroma of lavender may ease mild anxiety, alleviate occasional sleeplessness, and lift the spirits, so, if you brew some fragrant lavender tea before bed, be sure to inhale its lovely scent deeply between sips. 

Blending Herbal Teas for Anxiety

Not everyone enjoys the flavors or aromas of each herbal tea - for example, some find the taste of chamomile tea too "grassy" on its own. If you're not enjoying the taste of one of these herbal teas for anxiety, why not blend two or more together? You'll have the benefits of each tea, plus a flavor that's more appealing to your taste buds. Adding a bit of organic honey or another beneficial sweetener is another way to enhance the taste of an herbal tea. 

Valerian Tea

Valerian tea is another tea-of-choice for many who struggle with worry, tension, and stress. Not only may this herbal tea calm and quiet your nerves when you're feeling overwhelmed, it may also help to ease aches and pains (such as back pain or headache), relax muscle tension, and encourage peaceful sleep.

A few safe-use tips for valerian tea:  Some find this tea stimulating (rather than calming), so monitor your body's (and mind's) response before deciding whether to add this tea to your rest and relaxation routine. Also, please check with your healthcare provider before consuming valerian tea if you're expecting or breastfeeding, or if you're being treated for or taking medication or other herbal remedies for any health condition. 

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Rooibos Tea

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Naturally sweet and fruity Rooibos tea is another helpful and relaxing herbal tisane. Steep and enjoy some Rooibos to lower your body's cortisol levels (cortisol is known as a "stress hormone," and too much cortisol over an extended period of time can be hard on your body and your spirits). 

Another benefit of Rooibos - it's a popular sleep-aid, helping to quiet and relax you and promoting good sleep. Rooibos herbal tisane is a well-liked tea for children, too, so if your child is fretful or distressed, a cup of this nourishing tea may help to calm her or him. 

Keep reading here to discover more supportive herbal teas for anxiety and stress, as well as ways to use teas topically for anti-stress benefits. And, if you would like to share your experience with herbal teas for anxiety with our other readers, please click here

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Along with making healthful herbal tea choices to aid in easing anxious feelings, keep in mind that there are so many other calming things we can do, as well, to help with managing stress and worry, such as planning fun times with family and friends, staying active, feeding body and mind with nourishing foods, getting plenty of rejuvenating rest, and including a spiritual time during the day (like prayer or meditation). Yoga and acupuncture are known to ease anxiety and promote positive feelings, too. 

Incredibly delicious, nourishing, and affordable, herbal teas are so quick and simple to include in your day. And these amazing, caffeine-free herbal helpers can support overall wellness - not just physical well-being, but mental and emotional wellness, as well. 

Expecting or nursing a little one? Please consult with your primary care provider before consuming any tea (herbal or traditional) while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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