Five Herbal Teas That Soothe Away Anxiety

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Even a devout coffee drinker can learn to appreciate an afternoon or evening cup of calming herbal tea.

Tea can take the edge off anxiety, soothe work stress, or relax away muscle tension. Enjoyed before bedtime, some teas help us slip more easily into slumber. With a bit of experimentation, you are bound to find an herbal tea that suits your needs and taste.

Five Relaxing Herbal Teas

  1. Lemon-Balm (Melissa officinalis). As the name implies, this is a refreshing tea that stimulates the heart yet calms our central nervous system. Enjoying a cup in the evening will help you sleep well and if you have a headache, lemon-balm tea may soothe it away. It is tasty served hot or cold. If you enjoy a strong lemony taste, steep it for up to 15 minutes.
  2. American Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). Listening to calm music while sipping a cup of passionflower tea might be an excellent late evening ritual to cultivate. Passionflower is considered a mild sedative. It helps resolve nervous tension and lowers anxiety. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before consuming passionflower.
  3. Catnip (Nepeta cataria). After seeing how loose and uninhibited catnip makes a cat, it is easy to imagine that catnip tea can be mildly stimulating and soothing for humans. It is described by some as woodsy-tasting and is a good antidote for restlessness. This tea might be the perfect drink to sip during an afternoon break at the office.
  4. Valerian (Valerian officinalis). Valerian is often used to treat insomnia because it soothes our entire nervous system and is sedating. If the tea is made very strongly or consumed in excess it can trigger headaches or pains, and cause lethargy. Until you know how the tea affects your system, steep it with discretion, and sip it slowly.
  5. Linden (Tilia x europea). Those of you who enjoy a slightly sweet tea with a floral scent may want to brew some linden. It is a traditional remedy, in parts of Europe, for insomnia, anxiety, headaches, nervousness and indigestion. It is also believed to lower blood pressure and minimize heart palpitations. Linden tea should only be steeped for three to four minutes.

Making Herbal Tea

Use one teaspoon of dried herb or 3 tablespoons of fresh crushed herb for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over the flowers or leaves and let it steep five to 10 minutes. Five minutes is usually long enough. Keep your dried tea herbs in airtight containers and store them in a dark place.

Source: Tea Mag

 
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