Herbal Teas For Relaxation – A Cup of Zen

We live in a rushed society, with ongoing stress and a chronic lack of time. The raging rhythm of our daily lives swallows us up. That’s why it’s a good idea to take some time to reduce stress, ideally when you come home after work and before you go to bed. One of the best ways to do this is by drinking relaxing tea.

It is without doubt one of the quickest, most appropriate and healthiest options. You can choose herbal teas with natural properties that will help you sleep better.

Ordinary tea, like black and green tea, contains about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee but these herbal teas don’t. If you want a soothing effect, leave the regular tea and take one of these relaxing herbal teas. They reduce the tension you feel and diminish nervousness.

Most of the teas below are for sale as loose teas, sometimes in blends with other herbs. But you can also sometimes make it yourself from dried leaves or roots.

 

1. Chamomile

Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla) is a plant that grows like roadside weeds, but has medicinal qualities. For example, it is used to calm the stomach, but the tea also has a calming effect when you are tense. The part of the plant that is used for the tea, are the dried flowers.

Besides the fact that chamomile ‘calms’ the body after suffering from indigestion, it makes a relaxing tea with a calming effect. Moreover, it has antioxidants, which protect your cells and DNA against harmful substances.
Combined with lavender, it has an even stronger calming effect. That is why it is a powerful herb and very suitable to help you sleep and relax your body.

 

To make tea of it, put a teaspoon in a cup of hot water and let it brew covered for 10 minutes. Drink the pure blossom in your tea and let it steep for a long time for the optimal effect. Chamomile is a medicinal tea and is not suitable for frequent and/or prolonged drinking. I like the ‘Organic Chamomile’ from Traditional Medicinals.

 

2. Lavender

Everyone knows the lavender plant (Lavandula Vera), with its nice smelling purple flowers.
The scent is known as calming and so is the tea of the dried flower buds.

Dried lavender is also used to put between your clothes so they smell nice or in a cotton bag under your pillow to sleep better.

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Nothing is as relaxing as the scent of lavender, but also because of the tea it has an incredibly soothing effect.

If you want to make tea of it, put two teaspoons of dried lavender flowers in hot water and let it soak for 10 minutes. You can try these organic lavender flowers by Kate Naturals. Another option is, for example, ‘Organic Lavender Tea’ from Buddha Teas.

 

3. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm tea (Melissa Officinalis) tastes fresh and has a relaxing effect. Lemon balm occurs dried in many tea blends because of its soft honey-like taste. Also, fresh leaves are deliciously mild in a cup of tea.

This aromatic plant has several psychological and health benefits. It is a powerful remedy for nervousness, anxiety and stress.

In addition, it is a good form of treatment against all kinds of diseases and pains. This relaxing tea also has pain relieving and muscle relaxing properties. These properties also contribute to a better functioning of the digestive tract.

 

It is useful to note that this relaxing tea is especially useful in the treatment of muscle pain. It can also help prevent cramps and muscle spasms. If you suffer from this, you can also add some lemon balm to your bath water. This will allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of this in a relaxed state.

To make tea you can use whole dried leaves of the plant. Lemon balm can also be grown as a herb in the garden. So you can take fresh bruised leaves or dried leaves. Use one teaspoon of herbs for one cup, pour hot water on top and let the tea brew for 5 minutes.
Personally, I really love the taste of the ‘Organic Lemon Balm’ by Traditional Medicinals.

 

4. Passion Flower

The Passiflora is probably best known for its small, round fruits. The flesh of the passion fruit is sweet and sour at the same time, which makes it very popular as a dessert fruit or healthy snack.

It is true that not every type of passion flower also produces fruit. But also the stem, leaves, flowers and passion fruit have soothing and calming qualities. Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata) is an important means to relax. According to research, it has a similar effect to the sedative Xanax, while making you less drowsy.

The tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves of the plant. You can also grow the plant yourself in your garden. It grows easily and produces beautiful flowers.

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To make your own tea, take a teaspoon of the dried leaves and let it soak for about 10 minutes in water that has just stopped boiling.

If the tea is not strong enough for you, you can also use passiflora tincture.
One of my favorite Passion Flower teas is Yogi Bedtime tea. This spicy herbal tea blend also consists of Chamomile with Licorice, Cardamom and Cinnamon. You should also try the Gaia Herbs Sleep & Relax Tea (with Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Passion Flower).

 

5. Valerian

Valerian tea is made from the dried and finely chopped root of the Valerian plant (Valeriana Officinalis). The tea does not smell very good.

It is one of the best relaxing teas because it has a narcotic effect, which has a direct effect on your central nervous system.

Besides the fact that it can reduce feelings of anxiety, it can also have a positive effect on experienced sadness, nervousness or grief.

That is why it is also seen as a good pillar of support by people who stop smoking and people with an anxiety disorder.

 

Valerian also reduces the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. As a result, you can get a lot more sleep, which makes it useful for people with sleeping problems. It improves your blood circulation and stabilizes your heartbeat, suggesting that it is also good for dysrhythmia. Moreover, this tea is also highly recommended for students during their exam periods.

You make the tea by two teaspoons of dried Valerian root in cold or warm water for 10 minutes. Sieve the tea and drink it. Modest Earth Dream On Tea contains natural Valerian root.

If you don’t like the taste, there is Valerian in the form of tincture or capsules. You will also find Valerian in various tea blendings like ‘Sleep well tea’ from Pickwick.

 

A Cup Before Bed Helps You Reset

You can drink these herbal teas for relaxation either hot or cold. The temperature does not detract from its effect. All you have to do is choose the right tea to enjoy, based on your taste and your needs. A great part of these teas is that they do not contain any chemicals, so they are completely natural.

Nevertheless, you need to know how to control the dosage. Take in mind that everything can harm your health if consumed in too large quantities. Herbs are natural remedies, but can have a strong effect. If you are already taking other medication or are pregnant, it is best to check whether it is safe to use the tea.

 

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Enjoy your tea and have a good night!

Which tea is your personal favorite? Let me know through the comment section.

With love ❤,

 

Catherine.

2 Comments

  1. MELISSA

    Great article, Catherine! I just recently became intolerant to Chamomile tea 🙁 After reading your article, it looks like I will be giving Valerian and Lavender tea a try! I actually grow my own Lemon Balm and make teas to help with my GI issues. It’s great for that! Take care.

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