Sometimes we may find that our ever-growing fast paced world overwhelms our senses. It seems that all around us, we are surrounded by various distractions and stressors, which eagerly pull our attention away from taking care of our sense of balance and well-being. Since the only thing we can control is ourselves, it is good to have resources that will aid us. Aside from making sure that we take time out in our day, to quietly have some inner reflection or “personal time,” we can drink tea.
I am a huge champion for drinking herbal teas and using aromatherapy to help alleviate stress, gain healthful benefits and the utilization of natural health solutions that are plentiful and inexpensive.
Tea has been a popular drink by humans for thousands of years. The Chinese Emperor, Shennong, who was also a legendary herbalist, discovered tea in 2737 BCE. He liked to drink his water boiled before consumption so that it would be clean. Legend has it that the tea leaf plant managed to drop into his water before serving. After taking some sips of his newfound drink, tea became a new healthful staple to the Chinese, and later on enjoyed and prized by the rest of the world!
Herbal tea is not proper tea, as it does not contain the tea leaf plant. However, herbal tea mixtures provide easy access to extracting the beneficial that herbs contain wherein, just by steeping the herbs in some hot water. Think out of the box, and consider adding some tea to your bath on occasion, too! Chamomile, Lavender, and Passionflower are a few herbs that add color and enhance your bath to a relaxing experience.
Especially if you are struggling to keep your life in balance because of health issues which exacerbate anxiety, depression, and stress…drinking herbal teas with calming balancing properties might just save your day. Please consult your medical provider about any alternative methods to aid your health, just to be on the safe side.
Chamomile has been used for hundreds of years, prized for its ability to calm the nerves, and its mild sedative qualities help you to fall asleep easier. According to an article on Natural Society online, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School conducted an eight-week study of 57 patients suffering from various anxiety disorders. They found that pharmaceutical grade chamomile taken daily made noted improvement in patients.
The chamomile plant is found in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. In addition to reducing anxiety and stress, this little flower also helps lessen cramps, migraines, and reduce symptoms of IBS.
The sweet lemon aroma of lemon balm has been prized for centuries for its ability to calm the mind, encourage peaceful sleep and its antioxidant qualities. Lemon balm helps to protect the liver and supports the liver’s production of antioxidants glutathione and superoxide dismutase, according to Global Healing Center online. Lemon balm helps protect brain cells, boosts memory, and protects your brain from damage. This herb is a treasure, because of its abilities to promote healthy positive compounds in the body, and its neutralization of free radicals which create damage. Some say drinking this plant in tea form, and using its oil extracts will not only boost your vitality but encourage longevity, too!
Green tea has been prized for its antioxidant content, ability to lower cancer risks and improve overall health. Green tea contains flavonoids and catechins, which are powerful free radical destroying antioxidants. Catechins in green tea have been shown to inhibit certain viruses and destroy bacteria in the body. Free radicals are responsible for contributing to aging and disease within the body. The L-theanine in green tea increases dopamine and has anti-anxiety effects. This quality within green tea greatly improves the function of your brain and gives it a natural boost.
Drink Tea to Slow Down & Stop to Enjoy the Beauty of Your Life
Drinking tea, especially herbal teas with healthful benefits, forces you to slow down. When you drink tea, it is a habit that can become a positive part of your daily routine, and an activity that you will happily look forward to doing. Sometimes we can find that we are so focused on external factors, from our job demands, family needs, and social media that we forget to unplug and enjoy our lives. Our time is precious, and so is making every moment count, especially to balance our health. When we live consciously, to protect our health, boost the positive, and take a moment to step outside of ourselves, we can better attune to our needs, and be of better service to others. Try a cup of tea, sip it slowly, and inhale deeply. Your anxiety, stress, and unease about things can truly melt away with the aid of a good cup of tea. Just try it and see!
The teas listed above are by no means the only teas available that have anti-anxiety and other helpful benefits for our life. Check out herbal teas like Kava Kava, Valerian, and other herbal teas that have similar functions.