A cup of tea, in my eyes, helps EVERYTHING! Feeling down? grab a cup of tea. Feeling anxious? go grab a cup of tea. I’ve been working in an office environment for six years now, which feels like five minutes if I am being honest and I was always a coffee girl. When my anxiety got really bad last year, I started to research home remedies and tea was a really popular choice. If you have anxiety and continue to drink coffee every day, I beg you to stop!! I can’t put into words how much it changed my mental health, by just not drinking coffee. So, as I was so used to having a hot drink at work, I found it really difficult to stick to water and basic breakfast tea. I went on my tea journey to discover the endless flavour of teas.
This is hands down my favourite tea to drink when I am feeling anxious. Chamomile contains different chemicals called flavonoids which is in a lot of plants and has a medical property. There are several things Chamomile tea helps, I’ve listed a few:
- Reducing menstrual pain – Whenever I have cramps I have a cup of chamomile tea and within thirty minutes my cramps start to calm down.
- Helps with Sleep – The tea calms your nerve system and this tea also lacks in caffeine.
- Getting rid of a cold – Having two or three cups of this tea when you have a cold can do wonders for you. You can also inhale it (face in a bowl of hot water and Chamomile) if you’re not too keen on the taste.
- Reducing stress and anxiety – this is probably the reason I drink this tea so often, it literally calms my nerves and soothes me. The tea is a natural sedative.
Chamomile tea does have a particular taste so if you’re not too keen on it, there are plenty more out there.
Green tea is probably one of the most popular teas as it’s cheap, accessible and is used in a lot of weight loss programs. Personally, I don’t drink it for the weight loss properties, I just love the taste of it. Green tea has been found to contain a chemical called Theanine which is a natural Amino acid. This provides a relaxing effect. Green tea also has properties which help skincare, more specifically wrinkles and slowing down the signs of ageing. It contains anti-inflammatory property.
Although these sound like great reasons to drink green tea, you do need to drink between 3-5 cups per day to feel the effects. I have set myself a goal for August to drink 3 cups – or more – of green tea and record the effects it has on my mental health and my body.
Peppermint is one of my favourite tasting teas, if you’re not a fan of mints or peppermint in general, this tea isn’t for you. It does have a very strong taste – depending on how strong you make the tea of course – but even letting the teabag sit for 1-2 minutes can create a very overpowering tea. I mainly use peppermint tea for trapped wind. Now I know you’re thinking.. eww, but I actually mean when I have trapped wind anywhere in my body. I mainly get it in my shoulders and under my rib cage and it’s very painful. One to two cups of peppermint tea usually sorts it out.
As this tea is caffeine-free, I find it helps soothes my anxiety at night. Although there are not many human experiments about peppermint tea and it’s properties, I find it to be very relaxing and my go-to tea if I am having tea with lunch in a restaurant.
Another great reason for peppermint tea is how strong it is. Although the taste can be overpowering, this can benefit you if you have a cold. This is because peppermint tea has antibacterial and antiviral properties and can fight clogged sinuses.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm is amazing for reducing anxiety and only takes a small amount, unlike green tea. You can ingest this through tea, water or yoghurt and it will have the same effect. The effects usually kick in within an hour to two.
This is also a great skincare treatment, I find it reduces spots on my face, although I don’t tend to get many.
Although this tea is great for short term use, if used too often it does cause some side effects: vomiting, dizziness and stomach pain. I would not recommend drinking this tea regularly.
I have to be honest, this is my least favourite. Although it’s amazing for anxiety and sleeping, I cannot stand the taste of Lavender, but I thought it’s a great tea for anxiety so I need to include it in this post! I personally use Lavender oils and creams to ensure I am getting some of the benefits.
Some of the benefits of Lavender are:
- It contains antiseptic properties which help to heal bug bites.
- It can help anxiety, insomnia and depression. I mainly see a large effect on insomnia, I used a Nightol medicine that contained lavender and it helped me sleep when I was struggling. (It didn’t taste good at all)
- I have done some research and it also shows that lavender can digestive problems such as nausea, stomach aches and pains.
- Lavender is also known to help headaches, toothaches and sores.
I wish I liked lavender tea more as the healing properties are endless.
One of my favourite tea shops is called T2 in Glasgow, please check it out!
I am still learning about tea and the properties it has but I honestly find it so fascinating! Keep your eyes peeled for my green tea detox blog post!