Anxiety is a psychological state which is associated with behavioral, emotional, cognitive and somatic components and is considered to be characterized by feelings of fear or displeasure and concern. Anxiety is a normal reaction to different stress of which it is associated with inability of individuals to cope with demanding situations. During this pandemic, stress levels are just going up and people are finding it hard to cope.

Here is a few herbal teas which can and will help you calm down and relax after a stressful day.

GREEN TEA.

Green tea is very famous for triggering metabolism and weight loss properties. Green tea plant leaves also contain an amino acid, L-theanine, which can help alter the state of the brain to produce more alpha waves, which is a sign to mental and physical relaxation.
Green tea is also loaded with antioxidants which help in enhancing overall health of an individual.
Drinking green tea gives you and opportunity to sit down and relax and also keeps you body well hydrated.

CHAMOMILE TEA.

Chamomile tea, made from none other than chamomile flower, is a great natural stress relief. Chamomile tea has many muscle relaxing properties. A few include it’s ability to relax muscles connected to the uterus and gives the drinker relief from the cramps linked to menstrual cycle and reduces muscle spasms by increasing glycine.
Because of the muscle relaxing properties, a hard day of life can be washed away by curling up on the couch and enjoying a hot cup of chamomile tea.

ROSEMARY TEA.

Rosemary tea has a long history of culinary and aromatic uses, also, it was used in traditional herbal and ayurvedic medicine.
Rosemary tea contains compounds shown to have antioxidant, antiinflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Consuming or inhaling compounds in rosemary have been shown to reduce anxiety, boost mood and improve concentration and memory.
Rosemary is also said to contain compounds that benefit your heart and digestive health, support weight loss and even can treat hair loss.

OAT STRAW TEA.

Another great tea for anyone of any age to use. Oat straw tea has been known to calm the nerves when undergoing stress.
Oat straw tea works to reverse the effects caused by internal or external stressor and brings you to a serene state of being. This herbal tonic is excellent at restoring the body to healing conditions in the presence of prolonged stress and pressure.

CATNIP TEA.

Once dried, the catnip can be added into almost anything you eat! Stews, soups, salads, and sauces can all be enhanced with catnip.
Catnip contains vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and sodium, which makes it a nutritional beverage on many fronts..
Because of the nepetalactone, your nerves will be soothed naturally and your anxiety levels will drop as well. Having catnip tea on hand during stressful times can help relieve some of the pressure.

OTHER BENEFITS OF HERBAL TEA.

  • Soothes asthma and sinusitis symptoms.
  • Relaxes your muscles after workouts.
  • Acts as detox for your body.

HOW TO BREW HERBAL TEAS.

Unlike other types of teas, herbal teas are much easier to brew. Borrowing some common steps from brewing real tea may enhance your flavor of the herbal tea too.
Regardless which herbal tea you are brewing, always try to do the following;

FOR INFUSION.

  • Boil fresh water
  • Preheat your mug by pouring hot water in and out.
  • Use at least 1teaspoon of herbs per cup.
  • Add water and cover.
  • Let it steep for at least 5 minutes
  • Strain and enjoy.

FOR BOILING.

  • Find a clean saucepan with no strong scents.
  • Add at least ¾ spoonful of herbs per cup of water in the sauce pan.
  • Add fresh water into the saucepan with the herbs, with a ½ cup extra because some water will evaporate.
  • Bring water to a boil over a medium fire, the reduce to low and simmer for another 5-15minutes.
  • Strain and pour into a cup.
  • Add sweetener if needed.

HOW TO COLD BREW HERBAL TEA.

Some teas, such as green tea are great for a cold brewing too.

  • Choose a big tea pot or a pitcher.
  • Add 1-2 spoons of tea leaves
  • Add lukewarm or cold water.
  • Cover with a lid to protect from odors
  • Put in a fridge for at least 10-12 hours
  • Use within 24 hours

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