Feeling stressed? Drink more tea.


I find that my ritual of drinking tea can help me to feel calm and relaxed. Is it just me, or is there merit to the feeling? Can drinking tea help to reduce stress? Let's look at the science.




The ritual of drinking tea — whether it be a regular afternoon tea, tea before bedtime or while you read the morning paper — helps alleviate stress. Andy Puddicombe, mindfulness expert and co-founder of Headspace, shares that when you build a ritual around your tea drinking experience, you are promoting zen.

Brad Camp, CIP and founder of Breathe Life Healing Center, explains that drinking tea promotes a sense of calm because the aroma of the natural ingredients acts as a mood booster.

There is more. Amy Weschler’s book, The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You addresses more health benefits of tea when it comes to reducing stress.


“Any warm drink is a super stress soother, and curling up with a cup of aromatic jasmine tea can make the whole day go away. But with tea, it’s not just the warmth at work. Skin-friendly tea also has two magic antistress ingredients: L-theanine, an amino acid that produces a relaxed but alert frame of mind, and catechins, antioxidants that, among other things, lower corticosterone, a stress hormone," says Weschler.


Which teas are best for stress relief?


You will likely feel more calm and less stressed after enjoying any flavor of tea. If you are not sure where to begin, try chamomile or peppermint. Just be sure to choose LOOSE LEAF tea, as there are health and environmental implications from drinking bagged tea. You don't want to drink plastic, do you? Here is a recent article explaining the effects on the earth.

My favorite stress-relieving teas are from a local (Rochester, New York) tea company called Tealightful. I am not affiliated with the brand, but DO love the products and the owner and CEO, Charlene Phillips, has been a dear friend for a few years now.


  • There is some solid scientific research about the many benefits of chamomile tea when it comes to stress relief. Try Tealightful Chamomile Tea.



  • Peppermint tea is also believed to be a great stress reliever. In a study funded by NASA, the aroma of peppermint affected study volunteers who reported a 20 percent reduction in feelings of fatigue and anxiety. Try Tealightful Peppermint Tea.




Pour yourself a cup of stress relief. Be well!



Sources:
Srivastava, J.K., Shankar, E., & Gupta, S. (2010). Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with a bright future (Review). Molecular Medicine Reports, 3, 895-901. https://doi.org/10.3892/mmr.2010.377

American Chemical Society. (2005, January 4). Chamomile Tea: New Evidence Supports Health Benefits ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 1, 2017 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm

North American Journal of Psychology . 2009, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p245-256. 12p. 2 Charts, 1 Graph.

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