Tea for Calmness: 10 Teas to Calm Stress and Anxiety
What kinds of tea can generate calmness and reduce anxiety? Discover what the science says about teas and how key herbs can promote a sense of calm.
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I am a huge tea drinker. But a couple of years ago I discovered that the teas I was drinking were likely contributing to stress overload and I set out on a journey to find teas for calmness. Here are the teas that science says can help promote a sense of calm.
1. Passion Flower Tea
Research has shown that passionflower can improve sleep  and help people better mange anxiety . I find passion flower a bit bitter and so I mix it with other teas. Check out passion flower tea on Amazon.
2. Peppermint Tea
The smell of peppermint tea may help reduce depression and anxiety . Check out peppermint tea on Amazon.
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is long thought to be a soothing, calming tea. Indeed, research suggests that long term use of chamomile can reduce anxiety symptoms . Check out chamomile tea on Amazon.
4. Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion root tea isn't often considered a calming tea, but if you've been stressed for a long time, dandelion tea may be exactly what you need. It helps cleanse the liver and increase bile production. So if your stress has been messing with your digestion or your life, try dandelion tea.
Check out dandelion tea on Amazon. Here's a loose dandelion tea that I like. And here's the bulk dandelion tea, which is what I get now so that I can drink it everyday to detox stress.
5. Ayurvedic Detox tea
Another one of my favorite calming teas is Ayurvedic detox tea. It's a mix of herbs that help the body detox. And when the body has less toxins to deal with, it can relax more easily. Check out Ayurvedic detox tea on Amazon.
6. Lavender Tea
Lavender has been linked to stress reduction and calmness. But it's important to keep in mind that lavender may have estrogenic properties . So if you have any signs of estrogen dominance or other hormonal issues, you might want to stay away from lavender. Here's Lavender tea on Amazon.
7. Lemon Balm Tea (Melissa Tea)
Lemon balm appears to effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. It appears to work by boosting GABA . So if you think your anxiety is related to low GABA, Lemon balm tea may be a good tea for you. Check out lemon balm tea on Amazon.
8. Ashwaganda Tea
Ashwaganda is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that are thought to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety. This is why Ashwaganda tea may indeed be a good tea for calmness. Check out Ashwaganda tea on Amazon.
9. Milk Thistle Tea
Milk thistle is another detox herb that can help the body rid itself of toxins. So although the calmness inducing effects might not be immediate, milk thistle can help reduce stress in the body. Check out milk thistle tea on Amazon.
10. Green Tea
Green tea is high in l-theanine, an amino acid that might reduce anxiety . However, green tea is high in caffeine, and caffeine is a known anxiety producer. Green tea is also high in quercetin. Because quercetin has catechol structure, it is processed by our bodies in the same way as epinephrine and norepinephrine. If our bodies are busy processing quercetin, we may have a hard time processing these other stress chemicals, especially if we have the slow COMT gene, which slows down this process. Personally, green tea increases my worries and even gave me a panic attack once. So we might choose an l-theanine supplement instead, or at least opt for decaf green tea. Here's decaf green tea on Amazon.
Hopefully this list helped you find some teas for calmness.
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About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.