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Top 6 Calming Teas for Stress

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November 19, 2021

For many, the ritual of drinking herbal tea can be a calming process in itself: boiling the water, pouring it over the tea blend, letting the herbal tea blend steep, and taking a few precious moments to relax and sip a warm beverage. 

When you are dealing with stress and anxiety, however, you may wonder whether the type of relaxing tea you choose to drink can make a difference in easing your nerves. If you are looking for the most calming teas for stress and anxiety, look no further: below, we will discuss the top 6 calming teas and explore the soothing benefits they have to offer.

#1 Lavender Tea

Known for its sweet, fragrant aroma and purple hue, lavender is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean, and a member of the mint family. Because the scent of lavender leaves us feeling relaxed, its fragrance has long been used for aromatherapy and perfumes. In fact, research has shown that the aroma of the plant alone may improve one’s mood and relieve anxiety.

Other studies have shown that consuming lavender may help to reduce symptoms of: 

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

These effects are thought to be linked to lavender’s impact on the nervous system—in particular, how it can help regulate our bodies’ response to stress, including our breathing patterns and heart rate. 

So, if you are looking for a relaxing tea whose aroma is a calming as its taste, lavender tea may be the choice for you.* 

#2 Chamomile Tea

Curious about the various chamomile tea benefits? Chamomile flowers and oils have been used to treat everything from hay fever to stomach aches. As a tea, however, chamomile is known to be one of the most calming teas for stress and may be the remedy you need to feel more at ease.*

One long-term study showed that chamomile flower tea might help reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability

Does chamomile tea help you sleep?  If your worries tend to keep you awake at night, a cup of chamomile tea may also provide some stress relief before bed.* In addition to helping you feel less anxious (which may help you fall asleep more easily), this study found that chamomile flower tea may help reduce insomnia and other sleep-related problems.

#3 Lemon Balm Tea

If you prefer your tea with a hint of citrus, try kicking back with a cup of lemon balm tea. Another member of the mint family, lemon balm, is a powerful herb with a lovely lemon scent. 

Beyond its bright aroma, however, science has shown that lemon balm may provide benefits for those tea drinkers looking to relieve symptoms of stress. Lemon balm is thought to increase the brain’s levels of gamma-Aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter involved in modulating anxiety.* 

#4 Ashwagandha Tea

Ashwagandha is an evergreen plant native to India and North Africa. The plant’s roots and leaves have long been used in Ayurveda—an ancient system of holistic medicine that originated in India.

Ashwagandha belongs to a class of soothing herbs called adaptogens, which have been shown to provide protection from the effects of stress, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

Another study found that ashwagandha may help reduce levels of cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone. When steeped as a tea, ashwagandha’s earthy flavor and scent blends well with other natural ingredients to create a soothing and aromatic stress-relieving infusion.*

#5 Rose Tea

The beautiful scent of tea steeped from rose petals may give you the feeling of strolling through a lush spring garden, but can it help you feel less stressed?

As it turns out, the Damask rose, or R. damascena, has been shown to provide many valuable health benefits, one of which is to help you feel more relaxed. Plus, if your stress has you feeling down, worry not—the antioxidant, and anti-depressant properties of rose petals may also help lift your mood.*

#6 Passionflower Tea

Favored by some for its mild, pleasant taste, passionflower is a climbing vine native to the Americas. Later, it was brought to Europe, where it was cultivated for use as a folk remedy. Like chamomile, passionflower tea may provide benefits that both relieve anxiety and promote stress-free sleep.

In one study, patients who consumed passionflower reported a reduction in feelings of anxiety before going into surgery. Another study found that participants who consumed passionflower tea before bed experienced significant improvements in their sleep quality. 

If your stress is linked to fatigue or insomnia, getting a better night’s rest with a cup of passionflower tea may help lift your spirits and leave you feeling calmer and more refreshed during the day.* 

Say Farewell to Stress With The Republic of Tea

Given all the daily factors that demand our time and attention, it is no surprise that many of us struggle with stress. Fortunately, with the right cup of tea, your anxieties can melt away with a cup of powerful herb tea. 

The next time you need to calm your mind and find some relief from anxiety, reach for a cup of tea from The Republic of Tea. Some of our favorite calming tea options include get relaxed®, a mood-mellowing herbal blend that delivers the soothing aromas of lavender and rose petals, and Chamomile Lemon, a pleasant and familiar tea bound to bring on relaxation and rest. Find your perfect cup today.


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