Discover what the science says about teas and how certain tea herbs can promote a sense of calm.
Did you know that some teas can contribute to anxiety (i.e., caffeinated teas like black tea and green tea) while other teas relieve anxiety? If you’re feeling stressed an easy was to feel a bit calmer can be through tea.
Here are the teas that science says can help promote a sense of calm.
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Research has shown that passionflower can improve sleep  and help people better manage anxiety . Passionflower can be a bit bitter and so you may want to mix it with other teas.
The smell of peppermint tea has been suggested to reduce depression and anxiety .
Chamomile is long thought to be a soothing, calming tea. Indeed, research suggests that long-term use of chamomile can reduce anxiety symptoms .
Dandelion root tea isn't often considered a calming tea, but if you've been stressed for a long time, dandelion tea may be exactly what you need. It helps cleanse the liver and increase bile production. So, if your stress has been messing with your digestion or your life, try dandelion tea.
Another calming tea is Ayurvedic detox tea. It's a mix of herbs that help the body detox. And when the body has fewer toxins to deal with, it can relax more easily. You can find Ayurvedic detox teas on Amazon.
Lavender has been linked to stress reduction and calmness. But it's important to keep in mind that lavender may have estrogenic properties . So, if you have any signs of estrogen dominance or other hormonal issues, you might want to stay away from lavender.
Lemon balm appears to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. It appears to work by boosting GABA . So, if you think your anxiety is related to low GABA, Lemon balm tea may be a good tea for you.
Ashwaganda is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that are thought to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety. Therefore, Ashwaganda tea may indeed be a good tea for calmness.
Milk thistle is another detox herb that can help the body rid itself of toxins. So although the calmness-inducing effects might not be immediate, milk thistle can help reduce stress in the body.
Green tea is high in l-theanine, an amino acid that might reduce anxiety . However, green tea is high in caffeine, and caffeine is a known anxiety producer. Green tea is also high in quercetin. Because quercetin has catechol structure, it is processed by our bodies in the same way as epinephrine and norepinephrine. If our bodies are busy processing quercetin, we may have a hard time processing these other stress chemicals, so we might choose an l-theanine supplement instead of green tea, or at least opt for decaf green tea.
Hopefully, this list helps you find some teas for calmness.
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