Some days, I am looking for a pick-me-up in the morning or something to help calm my nerves before bed. When this happens, I start with a teacup in my cupboard. Every night before bed, I make myself a nice hot cup of tea to unwind. And while my bedtime ritual prepares me for a good night’s sleep, it turns out those tiny tea leaves can actually make a big difference in fighting against daily stress or physical symptoms of depression and anxiety. So the next time you are feeling down, take out your teapots and treat yourself to one of these teas.
Start Your Day with Some Passion Flower Tea
Passion flower is a climbing vine and its properties may help you climb your way through the day. This tea can help you feel more energized and positive as it is known to improve mood and stress hormones, reduce anxiety symptoms or treat sleeping disorders. Passion flower is also known to improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, increases libido and helps fight addiction by soothing withdrawal symptoms.
Enhance Your Brain Power with Rosemary Tea
Rosemary is not only for cooking, you can enjoy it in a cup. Rosemary is a woody herb belonging to the mint family. This tea improves overall brain activity by fighting the brain from aging and providing better blood circulation. This increase of brain activity can promote productivity and efficiency, enhance your memory and relieve headaches or stress. Rosemary can also improve your breathing, allowing a little Zen into your life.
Drink More Green Tea
Green tea is a staple for your cupboard. With its rich source of antioxidants, drinking green tea can help improve your brain function, reduce stress and promote relaxation. Green tea can detox your body, ridding it of free-radicals while preventing cell damage. What makes green tea so beneficial for your brain is that it contains the amino acid, theanine. Theanine promotes anti-anxiety effects while increasing dopamine, which can leave you more energized and productive.
Try Some Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has been used in cooking and medicine for years. Its active ingredient, curcumin, gives off that vibrant yellow you may see in some curries. But curcumin’s colour is not the only thing that makes it stand out. Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties are great immune-boosters. It can regulate immune cell functions against cancer, reduce your chances of neurodegenerative conditions and limits cellular damage. Turmeric can also be used to promote digestion, help relieve arthritis pain and reduce depression symptoms by fighting chronic inflammation.
Feel and Look Better with Rose tea
People love the smell of roses and its petals create an aromatic herbal tea that is calming for your mind. Rose tea regulates hormone levels relating to sleep and your cardiovascular system. It contains detoxing and diuretic properties to help rid your body of toxins and aids in the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Commonly found in cosmetics, rose improves skin and hair. Enjoying a sweet cup of rose tea can enhance your mood and provide a soundless bedtime.
Peppermint: More than Just a Holiday Treat
Peppermint is a hybrid mint with a high menthol concentration. The cooling aftertaste from the menthol relieves high stress levels while relaxing your muscles. Peppermint also contains the amino acid, tryptophan, which is vital to serotonin production. This boost in serotonin enhances or regulates your mood. A cup of peppermint tea also helps strengthen the immune and digestive system and eliminate headaches or migraines. Its rich enzymes boost alertness and concentration and also promotes relaxation and sleep.
Get Sleepy with Chamomile
Chamomile is a flower from the daisy family – it’s common use is for medicinal purposes and of course, as an herbal infusion. This flowery tea is effective against stress and depression by relaxing your muscles and reducing irritability and nervousness. It also contains an antioxidant that can cause sleepiness or drowsiness, making it a useful bedtime tea for those who suffer from insomnia.
Relax with Lavender
Lavender is known for its relaxing aroma. Just a whiff of this flower and it can bring you to a slumber or remind you of a luxurious spa day. Lavender has a calming effect with antioxidants that help calm digestion problems caused by stress. Perfect for bedtime, the scent and the tea itself should never be underestimated when it comes to a good night’s sleep.
Valerian Root Tea: A Tried and True Remedy
The root of the valerian plant has been used for thousands of years to aid with sleep, digestion problems and disorders of the nervous system. It contains sedative and tranquilizing properties causing you to feel calm and relaxed. While it can make you drowsy, it can also reduce nervous tension as you fall asleep.
Don’t Forget About Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is part of the mint family with leaves of a lemony aroma. Moderating the neurotransmitter activity in the nervous system, this tea helps calm anxiety and promote sleep. This mild sedative also improves mood and reduces stress. Lemon balm is also great for enhancing memory and cognitive functions. The antioxidants found in lemon balm protect the brain from damage and neurodegeneration. Lemon balm tea has also been known to help with mental disorders such as dementia, hysteria, Alzheimer’s, ADHD and even Grave’s Disease.