Tea, besides water, is the world’s most popular drink. With so many different kinds of tea to prepare, diving into this beverage market can be both exciting and overwhelming. Luckily for you, we here at Health Decoded are here to help guide you through it. Worry not, here are our picks for the Top 3 Teas to Help with Stress and Anxiety.
Chamomile, or Camomile as spelled here in the United Kingdom, is a world famous tea that is made from dry flowers. There are two famous types, German Chamomile and Roman Camomile. Having no caffeine, this light and subtle beverage has long been used to promote peace and tranquility. Chamomile tea naturally increases serotonin in your body, making you feel relaxed and happy. Additionally, this tea is so effective that it has long been used as a sleep aid for centuries. While it will not knock you out or make you feel drowsy, Chamomile contains a flavonoid that binds to your brain receptors, putting your mind and muscles at ease. Whether you drink Chamomile during the day or before bed, you will be amazed by this soothing anti-anxiety beverage.
Unlike Chamomile, Green Tea contains caffeine, so it should not be used as a sleep aid directly before bed. However, that does not mean that it is not great for combatting stress and anxiety in its own right. Green tea contains a high amount of an amino acid called l-theanine, which has been shown in studies to reduce one’s stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, this amino acid has been shown to reduce fatigue and promote better sleep after the tea’s caffeine has worn off. Green tea also contains a flavonoid called epicatechin, which helps protect your brain and increase endurance. Give Green Tea a shot!
Peppermint is more than just a flavoring or candy! A well brewed Peppermint Tea has been shown to reduce levels of anxiety, frustration, and fatigue. If you suffer from stress induced headaches or migraines, brew yourself a batch of Peppermint tea. Acting as both a pain reliever and muscle relaxer, peppermint has the ability to increase one’s blood flow, thus helping relieve some pain. It is also anti-inflammatory, helping soothe muscles and even alleviate sinus induced headaches common with allergies and colds. Peppermint tea is also caffeine free, and will help your body relax before bedtime. This tasty tea is great for relaxing both your mind and body at any time of the day.