If you've been searching for a natural way to relieve feelings of anxiety, why not try one of the many herbal teas for anxiety? Natural, effective, trusted age-old remedies, herbal teas can help with all sorts of common health concerns, including anxiety, worry, 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, persistent anxiety and worry is sadly becoming a far more common struggle for so many of us.
When you need some support with easing anxiety, here are some healing herbal teas that may help.
Fragrant, calming chamomile tea is perhaps one of the most well-known (and beloved) herbal teas for anxiety. Not only does traditional medicine support chamomile tea as a simple, very effective anti-anxiety remedy, but current studies are supporting this herbal tea's reputation as a nerve relaxant and stress reliever, as well.
And, if fretfulness or stress has been keeping you up at night (insomnia often goes hand-in-hand with increased worry), sip some chamomile tea (aka the "night-time tea") before bed - its mild sedative effects will encourage a dream- and worry-free sound night's sleep.
Many of our readers turn to chamomile herbal tea for anxiety - you can read their comments and suggestions here.
Feeling tense, out of sorts, disheartened, exhausted? Relieve anxiety, soothe and strengthen your nerves, and feel more balanced with lavender tea. 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 can alleviate anxiety and insomnia and lift your spirits, so, if you brew some fragrant lavender tea before bed, be sure to inhale its lovely scent deeply between sips.
Valerian tea is another tea-of-choice for many who struggle with worry, tension, and stress. Not only will this herbal tea calm and quiet your nerves when you're feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, it also eases pain (such as back pain or headache), relaxes muscle tension, and encourages peaceful sleep.
A few safe-use tips for valerian tea: Some find this tea agitating or stimulating (rather than calming), so carefully monitor your body's (and mind's) response before deciding whether to add this tea to your 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 herbal remedies for any health condition.
Naturally sweet and fruity Rooibos tea is another anti-anxiety 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 is 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 herbal teas for anxiety, as well as ways to use teas topically for anti-anxiety benefits. And, to share your experience with teas for anxiety with our other readers, please click here.
Incredibly delicious, nourishing, and affordable, herbal teas are so quick and simple to include in your day. And these amazing, caffeine-free herbal healers support overall wellness - not just physical wellbeing, but mental and emotional health, as well.
Along with making healthful herbal tea choices to ease 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, too.
Have you found one or more teas that have helped to relieve anxiety, stress, or worry? Please share your story with us and our other readers.
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