Herbal teas that can relax, soothe and calm have great value in today’s often hectic world. So, here are some suggestions that can help you better deal with the emotional and physical aspects of stress, and are low or no calorie. The general rule is to use 3 tablespoons of fresh herb or one teaspoon of dried herb per cup of boiling water. Certain herbs have different preparation methods and steeping times.
Forget about the stress with these special calming herbal teas, sit back, and relax.
This tea has a mildly sedative and soothing effect which helps us to relax, or as an aid for a good night’s sleep. Chamomile is safe to use, even for children.
- Lemon Balm
This is herbal, refreshing tea and because of its calming effects, everyone should try it. It soothes the entire nervous system and stimulates the heart at the same time. Lemon balm flowers and leaves can be steeped up to 15 minutes. This way we get more of its lemony flavor. This herbal tea helps to get a good night’s sleep and even helps soothe a headache.
Catnip plant provides us with an aromatic, tasty and refreshing herbal tea. The tea is both mildly stimulating and soothing at the same time. It makes a perfect nightcap, easing restlessness and nervousness.
Linden tea is very popular for its pleasantly sweet flavor and lightly floral scent. People use this old household remedy for headaches, insomnia, indigestion, nervousness, and anxiety. It also is a useful aid or remedy for palpitations and high blood pressure.
- American Passionflower
This species of passionflower provides a mild sedative, vegetal-tasting tea that calms anxiety and nervousness and helps you get a good sleep at night. It should be avoided by pregnant women, but generally, is considered safe to use.
Motherwort is commonly used for palpitations and nervous heart problems. As the common name indicates, this plant is especially valuable for some women’s conditions such as PMS, delayed menstruation, and menstrual pain. Its taste is bitter so many people add honey, lemon, or sugar to improve the flavor. Again, it is not safe for pregnancy and nursing women.
Valerian has a soothing effect on the whole nervous system and people use it to treat insomnia. Caution: Do not make your herbal tea too strong because it has strong calming effects and has the potential to cause headaches, lethargy, and other symptoms. Use with discretion.
- Blue Vervain
Blue vervain has a tranquilizing effect. It is proven as useful to alleviate insomnia and calm several nervous conditions. V. Officinalis is also useful in these areas, though it is milder. You may want to add honey in this herbal tea because it is slightly bitter tasting. Do not make this herbal tea too strong, do not use while pregnant, or consume over a prolonged period of time.
So, to stay healthy and keep the stress in check, plan ahead, and always keep some teas and herbs handy for an easy and relaxing drink.