Right now, it’s only normal to be feeling a bit more stressed out and anxious than usual. But did you know that certain teas have specific herbs and ingredients that are proven to help calm you down? And, let’s not forget that tea is a great replacement to coffee which, with its higher caffeine content, can often stimulate feelings of stress.
So which are the best teas to leave you feeling stress-free? Here at the Tea Haus, we’ve sipped our way through the world of teas and are here to break down exactly which ones to turn to. Here’s our selection of the top five blends and teas for relieving stress and anxiety.
1. Organic Tulsi
Known as “Holy Basil”, the “Elixir of Life” or “Queen of the Herbs”, Tulsi is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used in Indian culture for religious, spiritual and healing purposes for more than 5,000 years.
With a description like that, this tea is bound to have some special properties. These include:
- Antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial properties
- Helps the body withstand many forms of stress
- Helps regulate cortisol levels, reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other related diseases
- Relieves headaches
- Can even lead to a better sleep
Dried Tulsi leaves steep to create an invigorating herbal tea. Tulsi tea has an astringent, warm, sweet and slightly bitter taste with hints of floral and peppery notes as it’s closely linked to culinary basil. Our Organic Tulsi blend yields a minty, slightly spicy flavour.
So, if you’re ready to sip up a strong blend that will work to neutralize and unwind your body and mind, zen out with the Tulsi herbal infusion here.
Tense? Stressed out? Anxious? Irritable? Drinking peppermint tea can help bring you to an overall calmer bodily state because the menthol contained in peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant.
And because of the relaxing effect of peppermint tea and its sleep-inducing properties, it makes for a wonderful choice of tea in the evening.
Our Peppermint blend uses the best peppermint we could find, certified organic Peppermint leaves from Washington state. Full of flavour, light and refreshing, minty and ever so slightly sweet, each sip leaves a cooling sensation in the mouth.
Feel cool, calm and collected with Peppermint herbal infusion here.
3. Relaxation Blend
When you’re looking to relax, drinking a tea called the “Relaxation Blend” is bound to be a good place to start when looking for teas for relieving stress and anxiety. This blend is a wonderful combination of flavours, so let’s break down exactly what ingredients make this infusion so therapeutic:
- Anise: licorice-like sweet and mildly spicy taste, known for its powerful health-promoting properties
- Fennel: licorice-like taste, with a relaxing scent and ability to regulate hormones and help with sleep
- Verbena Leaves: lemony taste, used in herbal medicines
- Hibiscus: tart flavour similar to cranberries with a range of health benefits
- Rosehip: delicate, floral flavour that’s slightly sweet and tart, known to boost immunity
- Apple Pieces
These hand-picked herbs and fruits each have calming and sedative properties. And when they’re combined together, they create an ever so easy and delicious way to relax and reset.
For a comforting pick-me-up, shop the Relaxation Blend here.
The list of benefits attributed to lemongrass is long. It’s used regularly in the detoxification of the liver, kidney, pancreas, bladder, and the reduction of fever, cholesterol and anxiety.
Grown in Thailand, our Lemongrass has a light and pleasant lemon-like taste without the sometimes overbearing acidity of lemon. It’s mildly sweet with a crisp, brisk finish. It can also steep almost forever, without adding any bitterness to its taste.
Lemongrass tea is a safe bet for anyone who’s a fan of lemons. It’s simple, yet sophisticated — just what’s needed to unwind and de-stress.
Take the edge off with the Lemongrass blend here.
5. GABA Oolong
Among the more holistic herbal blends out there, GABA is a name that stands out in the tea world as more modern and scientific. It’s an acronym that stands for Gamma-AminoButyric Acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the brain.
GABA is well known for having a calming effect on the nervous system, lowering stress levels, improving sleep, and reducing depression and anxiety.
During the tea’s production, oxygen is replaced with nitrogen gas, converting the glutamic acid to Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid. This process was introduced in Japan in the 1980s by Dr. Tsushida Tojiro.
This Premium Oolong contains GABA from Taiwan to produce a wonderful, soothing flavour similar to baked sweet potatoes or ripe bananas. Its brew is caramel-coloured and fragrant.
Feel soothed with a cup of GABA here.
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Depending on your taste preferences — whether you’re feeling a bit adventurous and want to try something new with the properties of GABA, or want to play it safe with your favourite slightly sweet Lemongrass — all five are excellent blends and teas for relieving stress and anxiety.
No matter which tea you end up choosing, just taking the time to sip on a delicious, hot beverage encourages you to take a few minutes out of your day to focus on you.
Now, settle into a cozy, comfy position and breathe in that delightful aroma wafting from your cup of tea. Focus on your breathing and try and make the most of the present moment.
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