Which tea is best for anxiety - 6 teas to help with anxiety

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It’s easy to get wrapped up in running from point A to point B, completing your to-do lists and making sure to be on top to everything. With all this  running around we tend to forget to look after our emotional health. The stress can manifest into anxiety both in the mind and body. This can lead to dizziness, panic attacks and obsessive thinking, all of which have a negative impact on our lives. 

Herbal teas offer a natural way to calm the mind and body during times of anxiety. Tea has been used for centuries to treat anxiety and the associated symptoms of anxiety. We’ve listed our top 6 teas for anxiety below: 

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Which tea is best for anxiety: 

Chamomile Tea:

Chamomile tea is one of the most popular teas to help with anxiety. It contains the antioxidant, Apigenin. Apigenin is known to attach to receptors in the brain which reduces anxiety and can also lead to a better night’s sleep. It is also regarded as a mild sedative and muscle relaxer. And since it’s caffeine free, you can consume it at any time during the day.

What does Chamomile Tea taste like:

Chamomile tea has an earthy taste with a touch of floral and apple flavour 

How to prepare Chamomile Tea:

1. Add 1 tablespoon of loose chamomile tea leaves to 1 cup of boiling water
2. Let it to steep for 5 minutes

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    Peppermint Tea: 

    Peppermint has long been associated with improving digestion when consumed. But it is also known to help to enhance mood and cognitive ability. It naturally contains menthol which acts as a muscle relaxer which makes it the perfect companion if you feel tense and stressed out. Similar to chamomile, it is caffeine free which makes it perfect to consume at any time during the day. 

    What does Peppermint tea taste like: 

    Peppermint tea has a minty and slightly sweet taste. It leaves a cool and refreshing taste in your mouth. 

    How to prepare Peppermint Tea

    1. Add 2 tablespoons of loose peppermint tea leaves to 1 cup of boiling water
    2. Let it steep for 5 minutes 
      Optional: Add 1 cinnamon stick to give it extra flavour


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      Lemon Balm Tea:

      Lemon Balm tea comes from the mint family and has a mild but refreshing flavour. Studies have shown that lemon balm can be used to treat anxiety and insomnia in patients. By increasing the gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), it gives a feeling of relaxation and helps to ease anxiety.

      What does Lemon Balm tea taste like:

      Lemon balm has a refreshing citrus taste that isn’t overwhelming. It has a light and refreshing lemon taste. Lemon balm tea can be drunk by itself or with a blend of other herbs.

      How to prepare Lemon Balm Tea:

      1. Place on 1 heaped teaspoon of lemon balm leaves into a cup of boiling water
      2. Leave to steep for 10 minutes

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        Lavender tea:

        When you think of lavender, you probably think of the lavender scent or fresh flower buds. The fresh or dried buds of the lavender tea can also be used to create a calming tea. Lavender has been shown to increase relaxation and calm, and help bring about sleep. It is perfect for helping your body relax after a long stressful day or when you are feeling overwhelmed. 

        What does Lavender tea taste like: 

        Lavender tea has a very floral smell and boosts hints of rosemary and mint. It has an earthy taste and with hints of green apple. 

        How to make Lavender Tea:

        1. Add  ½ teaspoon of lavender buds to an infuser and place in one cup of hot water. (Too much will be overwhelming)
        2. Steep for 5 minutes
        3. Remove the infuser
        4. Add some honey to sweeten

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          Valerian Tea: 

          Like Chamomile tea, Valerian tea has been used for centuries to treat insomnia and anxiety. It comes from the Valerian plant which grows in North and South America. The taste of Valerian tea can be likened to a woody and earthy taste and some people liken the smell to dirty socks. 

          What does Valerian Tea taste like?

          Valerian tea has a strong earthy and woody taste. People recommend drinking it with other herbs like Chamomile in order to lessen the strong taste.

          How to prepare Valerian Tea:

          1. Place one heaped teaspoon of Valerian root into boiling water
          2. Let it steep for 10 minutes
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          Passion Flower:

          Passion Flower has been used in South American and Europe for medical purposes since the 16th century. Similar to lemon balm,  passion flower works by increasing the amount of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. One study found that passion flowers helped to reduce anxiety among dental patients. 

          What does Passion Flower taste like:

          Passion flower has an earthy and grassy taste to it. It often has a milder taste than you might expect from the smell of the flower. 

          How do you prepare it: 

          1. Add 1 tbsp of dried Passion Flower to a cup of boiling water 
          2. Let it steep for 6-8 minutes 
          3. Add some honey for additional sweetness

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          Although tea won’t completely get rid of your anxiety, it can help to relax your mind and body. Herbal teas have a natural ability to relax muscles and calm the mind. So next time you’ve had a bad day or are feeling overly anxious reach for a cup of tea.

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