Many people suffer from the adverse effects of anxiety, like an upset stomach, tension headaches, or other ailments, but they don’t want to load their system with pharmaceuticals that might cause more harm than good. If you are one of these people, you want healthful alternatives.
Assuaging your condition with herbal teas like lemon balm, Red Kratom, or peppermint can be a welcome solution for those who suffer from high-anxiety but don’t want to take medication for it.
Herbal teas as remedies have been used for centuries. Some you may have heard of, but others could be new discoveries.
What Are Adaptogens?
A new buzzword floating around in natural health and wellness circles is adaptogen. When a plant, root, or fungi is referred to as adaptogenic or an adaptogen, it means that it is especially good at reducing your stress levels, specifically the stress hormone cortisol.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, you need the best tools to maintain and manage your stress levels. If you don’t want to be stuck with using pharmaceuticals to deal with high anxiety, try some herbal teas instead. Here are some teas you can brew to help you ease your racing mind into a more serene state.
Almost everyone has heard of or used chamomile tea to soothe their stress. Matricaria recutita has a lovely grassy aroma and can be sweetened with honey or simple syrup to your liking.
The tea is made from dried flowers and comes in two types – German and Roman (or English). They both have the essential oil chamazulene, a remarkable compound that helps reduce stress levels, but the German variety has it in higher concentrations.
Chamomile relaxes you without the brain fog because it naturally activates serotonin and melatonin production in your system.
With the Latin name Melissa officinalis, lemon balm is a sweet-tasting relative of the mints. Lemon balm contains rosmarinic acid, which interacts with the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptors in your brain to help reduce stress. It can also help relieve muscle aches and soothe your digestive system.
This particular mint tea (you can also drink spearmint, lemon balm, or catmint teas) is especially good at soothing upset stomachs.
It’s not just the tea; many feel soothed by just inhaling the steamy peppermint vapors. This is an excellent remedy for tension headaches because peppermint tea can also relieve muscle tension.
This remedy is perfect for those who carry a lot of stress in their digestive systems and often feel nauseated.
Coming out of the jungly dense, humid forests of Southeast Asia is a wondrous tree called Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa. The leaves of these trees are packed with alkaloids, specifically mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. The alkaloids are what interact favorably with your body in particular ways.
The large oval leaves are picked by local farmers and Kratom cultivators that know when the leaves have the optimal number of alkaloid compounds in them. The leaves are processed in a particular way to create various strains.
Depending on the process used, the result is either red, green, or white Kratom. Green and white Kratom may help you maintain a determined and optimistic outlook. However, Red Kratom interacts with your body differently than the other strains, helping you disregard stressful minutiae and center on your serenity.
Red Kratom tea may help you feel more at ease in both your body and your mind. As you try and manage daily stressors, Red Kratom can give you space to restore and recharge.
If you feel overly jittery at the end of a busy day and cannot relax easily, try some turmeric tea, also called Golden Milk, before you head off to bed. Golden Milk’s roots stretch back to Ayurvedic medicine in India over 5,000 years ago. The main ingredient of this concoction is turmeric or Curcuma longa (a distant cousin of ginger), and you need about a teaspoon per serving.
Golden Milk also has coconut milk (or any nut milk of your choosing), cardamon, star anise, black pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and a sweetener like agave, honey, or even maple syrup. Most heat it while mixing the ingredients so that the turmeric dissolves fully into the drink.
Turmeric may help alleviate the effects of internal discomfort and lower your LDL cholesterol. When taken regularly, turmeric may help you manage your daily stress levels.
This small evergreen shrub grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa, and the roots and berries have been used for centuries in the parts of the world in which it grows.
Be careful; it does come under different names, so don’t mistake Ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi, since both herbs are known as Winter Cherry. It’s also easy to confuse this winter cherry – Ashwagandha – with American or Panax Ginseng.
This ancient medicinal herb may ease stress and boost your motivation. You can add it to Golden Milk to increase its potency.
If you want something with a milder flavor profile, passionflower is a gentle way to relax your stressors and anxieties. The tea is made from all sorts of flowers in the Passiflora family.
The flavone chrysin has many of the same properties as midazolam, a commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication. It boosts the GABA in your brain and can slow racing thoughts.
With a delicate floral flavor and calming results, rose tea is a great way to reduce your stress with natural means. Rose petals may help you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly when you drink it as a slightly sweet tea.
Rose tea has Vitamins E, C, and A in it and calcium and iron. Rose petals come from plants that are phytonutrients, compounds that contain tons of antioxidants.
Along with its anti-stress properties, rose tea provides immune support and helps your digestive system remain stable. Look for damask rose tea, which decreases the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Wrapping it Up
You don’t have to rely on pharmaceuticals to manage your stress. You can use nature’s bounty instead.
People have been using herbal teas to soothe frazzled nerves for centuries. Not only are they healthy, but they also taste lovely, and you can customize them with sweeteners or nut milk or serve them hot or cold.
Herbal teas that can be defined as adaptogens help decrease cortisol levels and drinking nightly brews of Red Kratom, chamomile, or damask rose tea can help you maintain a healthy balance in your life.