The Benefits Of Herbal Tea

September 14, 2020

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Reducing Stress And Anxiety 

With the semester under way, some people may start to begin to feel the early stages of stress. Between new classes, new professors, and new protocols for the pandemic, the stress we experience may feel worse than it has during previous semesters. To help relieve some of the symptoms of stress, doctors and psychologists might suggest drinking herbal tea during a stressful day. Herbal tea is the type of tea that contains little to no caffeine and is known to relieve different types of symptoms. Here is a list of herbal teas that have been shown to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety:

  1. Peppermint: This tea will not only help calm you down, it can also help to relieve some gastrointestinal discomfort such as an upset stomach. The mild mintiness can also help to freshen your breath if you decide to have this as an afternoon drink. 
  2. Chamomile: This is the tea that a lot of regular tea drinkers choose when they experience stress or anxiety. A cup of this before bed is sure to help you relax and get a restful night of sleep. 
  3. Lavender: Similar to chamomile, lavender helps relieve stress and anxiety by working in the brain as a mild mood stabilizer. If you prefer tea during the day, this one is sure to calm you down and elevate your mood. 
  4. Lemon Balm: With a sweet and citrusy aroma, lemon balm tea has been shown to relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety by boosting the neurotransmitter, GABA, within the brain to ease stress. 

Although there are many other teas that are known to relieve stress, these are the most common in the grocery store. Pick up a box of tea to try and brew a cup any time you are feeling stressed, and enjoy a few moments of peace. Some stress can be good for our health, but too much can slow us down; just remember to take a few deep breaths and enjoy the present moment.

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