Stress is a really strong feeling of mental and physical tension. The human brain instantly reacts to stress by releasing hormones called Cortisol. This hormone is proven to be good for the short term as they make a person even more focused but in long run, it results in issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, menstrual problems, obesity, insomnia, and others. Stress is generally categorized into two types — Acute stress and chronic stress.
Acute stress is generally short-term and does not cause any such damage to the mind and body. On the other hand, Chronic stress lasts for months and causes various health-related problems.
Therefore, some reasons which lead to stress are as follows:
- Stress is often caused due to professional life or job pressure. Sometimes heavy workloads, poor management, and unfulfilled expectations lead to stress.
- Stress caused due to personal life or emotional problems such as anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, or phobia.
- Change is another reason for the occurrence of stress. Sometimes people do not easily get accustomed to changes happening around them.
Stress ultimately leads to insomnia and fatigue. People go for relaxation techniques like mental treatment, anti-depression pills, or counseling which may not have pleasing results always. Teas, in this case, acts wonders as a support to the traditional treatments. Teas do not have such side effects and show faster results than any other method.
Some of the best teas for stress and depression, and insomnia are as follows:
Peppermint tea, which is also known as Mentha piperita is made by dissolving mint teas in water. It is also known by names such as Spearmint or Bakha-cha and others. It is highly infused with essential oils and has various health benefits. Peppermint tea is known to act as a stress buster and has a refreshing and minty taste which calms the mind as well as the body.
This tea demonstrates antispasmodic properties that release stress making the consumer fresh and active. Not just consuming peppermint tea, even its aroma has soothing properties that remove all the stress and fatigue of the consumer. The rejuvenating properties bring about proper sleep and rest the mind.
Peppermint tea is also known to positively influence the central as well as the peripheral nervous system. This is possible due to the presence of rosmarinic acid and menthol in Peppermint tea.
The steps to make Peppermint tea are as follows:
- Heat around 2 cups of water and add 8 to 9 mint leaves or 1 teaspoon loose Peppermint tea to it.
- Let the infusion steep for 4 to 5 minutes
- Strain the tea 2 minutes after removing it from the flame, it adds more flavours to the tea.
- Serve hot with or without honey.
Chamomile tea is also known as Matricaria chamomilla. It is an Herbal tea made from Asteraceae which belongs to the family of daisies. It has many homeopathic properties which certainly have no such side effects. Chamomile tea is known to remove all the stress and anxiety of its consumer. Chamomile tea improves sleep and naturally relaxes the muscles. Chamomile tea does this by increasing the level of serotonin and melatonin in the body of its consumer.
According to a study conducted in the year 2016 by the journal phytomedicine, Chamomile tea is also proven to be helpful in reducing Generalized Anxiety Disorder or (GAD).
The steps to make a delicious cup of Chamomile tea are as follows:
- Boil 8 ounces or 1 cup water and add 9 to 10 fresh Chamomile flowers or 2 tablespoons of Chamomile tea. It is suggested not to use filtered or previously boiled water as it may alter the taste.
- Let the tea steep in the water for 5 minutes.
- Use a strainer or an infuser to remove all the tea leaves or the petals from the tea.
- Serve hot with or without honey.
Kava tea is scientifically called piper methysticum. It is one of the most underrated teas with numerous health benefits. Kava is usually made up of tropical evergreen shrubs, woody stems along with heart-shaped leaves. This tea has many health benefits and since it is herbal, it has minimum side effects and plays an active role in reducing stress and anxiety thereby preventing neurons from being damaged.
This is possible due to the soothing effects produced by Kavalactones, they directly affect the chemical of the brain, the Neurotransmitter. Kava tea is mostly made from the roots of Kava and water.
The steps to make Kava tea are as follows:
- Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of Kava tea or Kava roots, according to the taste and preference of the consumer, to 8 ounces (1 cup) of water which is at the temperature of 120 degrees. It is advised to maintain the optimum temperature range because it brings out better flavours.
- Let the tea steep in the water for 5 to 10 minutes. Steeping the tea above the suggested time may bring bitterness in taste.
- After brewing, Kava tea attains a nice brown milky colour. Now use a strainer or an infuser to remove the Kava tea leaves or Kava roots from the tea.
- Kava tea tastes best when it is cold, therefore refrigerate it and serve with or without ice.
Lemon Balm Tea-
Lemon Balm tea is also called Melissa Offieinatis. It is a rare Herbal tea made from scented lemon herbs. It has various health benefits and is also proven effective in treating stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Lemon balm tea is known to have soothing properties that relax the mind of the consumer along with the nerves and muscles. Lemon balm has anxiolytic properties.
The rosmarinic acid present in Lemon balm tea increases the presence of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter in the brain which relieves anxiety and stress.
The steps to make Lemon balm tea are as follows:
- Crush the lemon balm leaves and keep it aside for 10 to 15 minutes until it releases its flavours.
- Boil 1 cup of water to an optimum temperature of 180 degrees and mix the crushed lemon balm tea leaves in it.
- Let the leaves steep in the water for 10 to 15 minutes depending on how strong you want the tea to be.
- Remove the leaves from the tea by using a strainer or an infuser.
- Serve hot with or without honey
There are many instances where teas have played a very important role in curbing stress or anxiety. The results sometimes take the time or may have no effect at all but there are no such side effects of teas. Therefore people must choose the option of tea in order to get rid of stress, fatigue, and mild depression.