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