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It’s 2021 and there’s no question of escaping stress. We can only work on ways to manage our stress better. How we manage our daily stress and anxiety has a direct impact on our quality of life.
Creating a daily routine that involves natural healing remedies is a good starting point for most of us. This is where herbal teas can play a crucial role. Introducing certain herbs, flowers and botanicals at teatime is an easy, low-cost investment in your daily wellness.
In the decade that I’ve spent researching teas and botanicals and studying their health benefits, I came across a few which have proven results, supported by both traditional medicine and scientific research. I encourage you to explore some or all of them.
Teas to reduce anxiety and stress
Just inhaling the aroma of this tea can be relaxing to our senses. The vagus nerve in our body is responsible for the regulation of internal organ functions such as digestion, heart rate and respiratory rate. Lavender is known to reboot our nervous system and this soothes the vagus nerve and can activate the natural healing capacity of our body. Lavender tea is also known to relieve feelings of anxiety and depression among adults.
This is an undisputed natural remedy for insomnia. One cup of this before bedtime is known to have a calming effect on the mind and body and lulls you to restful sleep. As chamomile flowers are 100% caffeine-free, it’s perfect for sipping any time of the day when you need to slow down and unwind. If there is one tea that works for almost everyone and at any time of the day, it’s hands down a cup of chamomile tea.
Spearmint is known as a wonder herb for women. It’s known to promote hormonal health. We know that our hormones can play a big role in how we manage our stress and anxiety levels. Drinking 1-2 cups of spearmint tea is highly recommended for women battling with PCOS as this can help regulate menstrual cycles.
In the world of teas, this has the highest amount of antioxidants. White tea helps us fight bodily stress and reverse signs of ageing. It is also being used in skincare to develop anti-ageing formulations. White tea has low amounts of caffeine. So if you’re missing your caffeine while sipping herbal teas, I recommend introducing at least one cup of white tea into your daily routine. It has a mild flavour, and good-quality white tea will have naturally sweet, honey dew-like taste notes so it’s easy to enjoy by all.
Matcha green tea
It has been consumed for over a century in China and Japan and has become popular in India only recently. Research shows the high amount of polyphenols found in matcha helps fight free radicals in the body which are known to cause cancer. Matcha is also known to promote gut health which is directly linked to our mental health. Matcha is known to have five times more L-theanine than regular green tea. L-theanine is an amino-acid known to improve mental focus and our cognitive processing, thereby improving how our brain reacts in stressful situations. Remember that Matcha is high in caffeine so it’s best consumed in the first half of the day and in moderation.
We all love our Masala Chai and no doubt it can be a great mood uplifter! But the world of teas has much to offer. Happy sipping!