5 Best Teas to Help You Relax and Sleep Better
When you feel a little worn out from the daily grind, enjoying a cup of tea brings relief to a frazzled mind and body. Research has shown that drinking tea has its share of health benefits such as strengthening the immune system, reducing stress, enhancing mood, improves restful sleep and concentration.
Herbal teas for better sleep and relaxation are available anywhere. You can buy them from grocery stores or you can concoct one at home. If you think coffee makes you jittery, this article will show you the top 5 best teas that can soothe anxiety and stress.
You can enjoy them hot or cold, standalone or with natural sweeteners. I prefer them hot early in the morning because it keeps me awake without those nasty palpitations in the heart when I drink my coffee.
If you’re an avid tea drinker, you probably have tried some of them. But if not, I urge you to take a look at this list of stress-busting teas that you might want to try and perhaps share this article with friends who might need one.
Best Herbal Teas for Relaxation and Sleep
1. Green Tea
Maybe your concern is not so much that you have a hard time sleeping, but rather how to start a jitter-free morning without slacking off in the afternoon. There are varieties of herbal teas that contain green tea that offers that much-needed energy boost to get you through the day.
It’s a great alternative to a cup of coffee since it is also brimming with antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural substances that prevent or protect the body against cell damage caused by free radicals.
But not all green teas are the same. While it can be a good pick-me-up during the day, it may not aid you in a relaxing slumber at night. It would be best to choose a decaffeinated green tea hours before going to sleep.
Based on my experience, I usually wake up feeling refreshed the next day when I drink a decaffeinated green tea at least 6 hours before I go to sleep. You can discuss this with your doctor if you can add green tea to your diet or if you might have allergic reactions to it.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, chamomile is one of the oldest known herb containing medicinal properties used to treat certain health conditions such as insomnia and anxiety.
There are two kinds of chamomile: the German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. Aside from its herbal tea form, chamomile is also used extensively as essential oils in aromatherapy and skin care products.
Chamomile is a natural tranquilizer and sleep inducer due to its mildly sedative effect. It is generally safe to use even with children. So if you had a hectic day at work or you want something to prepare you to sleep, why not drink a cup of chamomile tea at home?
Another popular tea thought to have calming properties is lavender tea. It is a flowering shrub that grows mostly in the United States, Australia, and Southern Europe. It is widely used on a variety of application–from teas to fragrance and cosmetics.
A study suggests that a whiff of its aroma helps slows down the nervous system, promotes relaxation and improves slow-wave sleep quality. Despite that there is no real evidence to confirm its sedative effect, lavender is still loved by people worldwide as their favorite bedtime tea.
Peppermint may provide medicinal therapy for those with nausea, inflammation and digestive problems. But did you know that peppermint contains energy boosters to combat stress and exhaustion? The sharp, cool effect of menthol in peppermint appeal to people because it soothes and cools down the body.
Its sedative and anti-inflammatory nature can lower blood pressure and alleviate mental stress. This what helps the body to unwind and relax. It’s considered as carminative; it means it’s an agent that may prevent and expel flatulence (gas in the gastrointestinal tract or simply fart).
While it is a powerful tea that brings a variety of health benefits, there may be some side effects as menthol can trigger allergies in some people. So again, it’s best to consult your doctor to be sure. Otherwise, get brewing and enjoy it hot or cold!
5. Ginger Tea
The strong aroma coupled with the healing properties is what makes ginger tea a great alternative to relieving tension and other health conditions. To camouflage the strong flavor of ginger, it’s best to add lemon, honey or peppermint for a soothing and flavorful beverage.
Drinking ginger tea can help digestion disorder such as bloating. It’s recommended to drink it before traveling as it can prevent nausea caused by motion sickness.
Do you have other teas in mind?
So far, those are the best teas for people who are looking for a relaxing and healthy beverage. I’ve personally used them–especially ginger tea, as ginger is readily available in our kitchen. I pair it with honey and lemon (or calamansi because lemon is quite expensive here) for a relaxing cup of tea.
Now your turn. Do you buy ready-made herbal teas or do brew them by yourself? Any favorite brand you can recommend. I’m currently using Lipton (don’t worry, I’m not endorsing them) but I would love to try other brands as well. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this article.
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