Updated: May 26
With all that's going on in the world, who couldn't use a little help finding ways to relax! Here are a few suggestions to add to your tea repertoire. As always, we recommend consulting your physician or other qualified health provider regarding any medical condition.
Lavender has been used for centuries for its believed health benefits. Lavender is an anxiolytic, or in other words, an anxiety reliever. It also works as a sedative and can help you catch those z's. When used in aromatherapy, lavender interacts with the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) to help quiet your brain and nervous system. We suggest Lavender Earl Grey or La Femme for tea options containing lavender.
Valerian root is great relaxation herb used in teas. It has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient Greek and Roman times and is believed to promote sleep and calm the nervous system. We recommend Valerian Dream for an herbal tea containing Valerian root.
Chamomile is another herb widely believed to help with relaxation. Though clinical research is inconclusive, giving this herb from the Asteraceae plant family a try before bedtime may help improve your quality of sleep. Essencha® offers an herbal tea made from Chamomile blossoms.
Peppermint is an aromatic herb believed to help calm anxiety. Menthol, a component of the herb, is believed to relax muscles. Being naturally caffeine free, Peppermint makes a great bedtime tea. We also recommend Moroccan Mint, a green tea blend (contains caffeine) with peppermint.
Our latest Essencha® Tea House herbal blend, Chamomint, combines chamomile, lavender, and peppermint for an aromatic, relaxing cup of tea.
These are just a few suggestions for relaxation teas. We recommend experimenting to find what works best for you. Get steeping to start breathing and sipping your way to peace and tranquility.
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