Is Tea Good For Relaxation?

There are few things better for relaxing than hot tea.

There are hundreds of varieties of tea blends. Some are great for relaxing, some give you boost, and some are just for the flavor.

To answer the question, is tea good for relaxation and stress relief…
Yes, provided you use the right tea, and brew it properly.

Brewing and Storing Dried Tea

The general rule is to use one teaspoon of dried herb or 3 tablespoons of fresh crushed herb per cup of boiling water. Pour boiling water over the herb leaves or flowers and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. (5 minutes is sufficient in most cases. Overlong steeping can ruin a delicate flavor.)

Many of these herbal teas can also be drunk cold or made into iced teas. Keep in mind that although the general rule given applies to most teas, certain herbs have different preparation methods and steeping times. Chamomile, linden and hops flowers should not be allowed to steep more than 3 to 4 minutes.

Dried herbs for herbal tea should be kept in airtight containers that do not allow light to enter.

5 Stress Relief Tea Blends for Calming

1. Lavender-Orange Tea

This lavender-orange herbal blend is an easy way to unwind and recharge. It contains the healing powers of lavender, a stress-busting dose of vitamin C, and the surprisingly soothing scent of orange.

To make this tea, use these ingredients as a base, and swap in slices of lemon, tangerine, or grapefruit if you want to switch it up:

  • 8 ounces water (preferably distilled)
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers (food-grade)
  • 1-2 fresh orange slices
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional

Read the full instructions from Thrive Market here.

2. Lemon and Ginger Calming Tonic

Clear your sinuses, give your immune system a welcome boost, and calm frazzled nerves with this healing and lively tonic. I try to drink a cup of tea with magnesium in it on a daily basis because it provides natural stress relief.

This easy-to-make tonic features a few additional ingredients to help your body out during the cold, busy season:

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon flavor Natural Calm Magnesium
  • 1 fresh lemon, sliced
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Raw honey, to taste (optional)

Read the full instructions from Calmful Living here.

3. Chamomile Tea Latte

Chamomile has a whole host of beneficial properties and is probably one of the more popular herbal teas known for warding off anxiety and stress. Using this ancient medicinal herb is a brilliant choice for stress relief tea, but if you’re craving something a little more rich and cozy, may I interest you in a cup of comfort in the form of a latte?

I’m loving these ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk of choice (I like almond or cashew)
  • 2 tablespoons chamomile tea
  • 5 cloves, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick + ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the full instructions for this tea latte creation, see the original recipe with photos here.

4. Lemon Balm Tea

This tea is super easy to make. All you need is dried lemon balm (known for its soothing effect on the nervous system) and hot water. I’m also sharing this incredibly simple recipe because the source from which I found it shares tips for using lemon balm along with three additional recipes.

All you’ll need for this tea is:

  • 1-2 tsp dried lemon balm
  • 1 cup hot water

For variations, instructions, and a recipe for infused water and a tincture featuring lemon balm, see the original post here.

5. Sweet Sleep Tea

A healing night’s sleep is a necessary ingredient in optimal mental, emotional, and physical health. This recipe balances pungent lavender and empowering citrus with the floral, mellow scent of rose petals to create an uplifting beverage you’d want to settle down with after a stressful day.

Combine the herbs and orange for steeping before adding honey and milk for a delicious tea that smells and tastes like peace:

  • 1/4 cup Lavender buds
  • 1/2 cup Chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 cup Dried orange peel
  • 2 Tbsp Rose petals
  • Raw honey
  • Coconut or pastured, raw milk

While there is tea, there is hope.” – Arthur Wing Pinero

Share a cup of stress relief tea with a friend; send them these recipes to inspire their next moment of peace.

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