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Teas for Mental Health and Well Being

Best Teas for Mental Health and Well Being

My goal this week it to find more information on tea and the mental health benefits.  Some teas help with tension, stress, sadness, sleep difficulties, even lactation and bowel movements.

First I will share (and give you a link) my favorites, which I believe do have a benefit.  I have personally found that these teas have relaxed me.  I do also pick teas based on my taste preference. So look around and see what you like.  I posted these to help you quickly get linked to them if you are interested.

Chamomile Tea (Teas for Mental Health)

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The most popular tea known to calm and relax is chamomile tea. Researchers in England have found that German chamomile tea contains the amino acid glycine. Sciencedaily.com reports that glycine “is known to act as a nerve relaxant, which may also explain why the tea seems to act as a mild sedative, according to the American Chemical Society.”

Valerian Root (Teas for Mental Health)

Valerian is from northern Europe and central Asia.It is known for its calming effect and is used for insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, tension headache and upset stomach, according to nutrasanus.com. When added to water or brewed as a tea.  Valerian also encourages sleep.  Valerian tea isfrom the root of the valerian plant, which is native to

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Lavender Tea (Teas for Mental Health)

Lavender eases anxiety and calm nervousness.  Another benefit is that lavender is also loaded with flavonoids and tannins. Flavonoids are potent antioxidants, and tannins are credited with keeping unhealthy bacteria out of your mouth, which helps to impede dental cavities, according to the “Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.”

Linden Tea (Teas for Mental Health)

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Linden leaves and flowers have long been used by Native Americans to treat

nervous stomach. The brew is potent and can only be used for a short time. According to teabenefits.com, linden tea may relieve tension and anxiety, ease restlessness and calm the nerves.

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Warning: It is important to research and understand the potency, efficacy and contradictions of any herbal product, including tea leaves and flowers, before you ingest it. If you are on medications, it is recommended that you get approval from your physician before using any herbal product.

 Throat Coat

I am a true believer in Throat Coat.  It has cured my sore throat on numerous occasions in one day.  The trick is drinking a lot of it!  It feels really good on your throat as well.  The taste is smooth and delicious.  Here is the link.  They have many other great teas as well! Traditional Medicinals  http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/seasonal_products

Yogi Bedtime Tea

Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night

I also love Yogi Bedtime and Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night.   I have had many times where I feel asleep so easily after have these teas.  I do typically have 2-3 cups, because I love it so much.  It makes the effects more dramatic.

Nighty Night has passionflower (used for insomnia)

chamomile and linden flower.  It is a wonderful combination.

To see photos of these teas or purchase these teas click here.

Thank you

Laurie Groh, MS LPC SAS

Mental Health Counselor at Shoreside Therapies in Whitefish Bay

teas for mental health

Homemade Sleepytime Tea

Homemade Sleepytime Tea

Ingredients:

1 part dried spearmint

1 part dried chamomile flowers

Combine in a bag. Feel free to estimate here, its not something that needs to be perfect.

To serve, (if you really needed me to tell you) just place the desired amount of tea into a tea bell and mix with hot water. Serve with a little milk and honey, and a spot of lemon if you’d like.

It also tastes fantastic iced.

Enjoy!

via Recipe: Homemade Sleepytime Tea | What’s Cooking, Lehigh Valley?.

Good Herbal Teas for Anxiety

Catnip

Research conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationand other health associations have claimed that herbal remedies, including catnip tea, contain a natural composition of various compounds that affect the brain, heart and mind. Catnip is used widely for soothing an upset stomach that may be related to anxiety. It contains nepetalactone, which acts as a sedative in humans. Consequently, catnip tea may also be used to help lessen migraine headaches. According to the Natural Remedies Review, the tea provides relief from headaches resulting from migraine, tension or stress. Its calming effect can be used to cause relaxation throughout the entire body.

Valerian

This well-known root tea is used to reduce the symptoms related to anxiety and insomnia. It can be used as a sedative as well as a painkiller and it prevents panic attacks. Valerian tea is most beneficial when taken for at least a couple weeks, but not for longer periods. Research from Clarocet.com found that valerian root is well known in helping to relieve stress. It also may reduce psychological reactivity during stressful situations. Valerian tea is not a treatment option for anxiety disorders and insomnia. Valerian can help to provide short-term relief for some individuals as a dietary supplement. It also can provide some level of emotional support, but only a qualified medical professional can diagnose and treat anxiety-related disorders.

German Chamomile

This plant tea has been used for centuries to calm troubled thoughts, occasional anxiety, overactive behavior, sleep difficulties, restlessness, tension, and nervous agitation. According to anxiety-and-depression-solutions.com, apigenin, an active component in German chamomile tea, will soothe your nerves and rest your mind because it has been demonstrated to act as a sedative in clinical studies. German chamomile is one of the oldest and safest medicinal herbal teas. As a gentle relaxant, this tea has been shown to work for a variety of health complaints including stress.

Feverfew

Feverfew tea can calm your nerves, and it relieves migraines and headaches as a result of anxiety, according to the PeoplesPharmacy.com. This herb has been studied and found effective for the prevention of migraine headaches, while reducing the number of these headaches by 70 percent. Studies also have found feverfew to be effective for reducing the pain and controlling the nausea commonly experienced with such headaches. Other research has shown that feverfew may prevent the severity and occurrence of migraines, however the tea is not a remedy for existing migraines.

via Good Herbal Teas for Anxiety | eHow.com.

Herbal Tea for Anxiety

Ingredients

The ingredients needed to make a homemade soothing herbal tea are a

tablespoon each of

  • dried chamomile flowers,
  • peppermint leaves
  • passionflower
  • hops
  • St. John’s Wort
  • lavender

All ingredients should be organic and fresh. You should be able to find these ingredients at your local herbal shop.

Materials

The materials needed to make this herbal tea are a medium jar, spoon, small mesh tea ball, a teakettle filled with water, a large teapot and a teacup. If you do not have these materials on hand you can find them at any local kitchen shop.

 

SPICY FERTILI-TEA FOR TIRED TYPES

SPICY FERTILI-TEA FOR TIRED TYPES

  • 1 cup black tea leaves
  • 2 tablespoons ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
  • Fresh ginger slices

Combine all the ingredients except the ginger in a small resealable container. Place 2 teaspoons of the mixture in a teacup. Add two slices of fresh ginger, pour boiling water over the tea and ginger, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and serve.

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Bee Propolis for Fertility

Bee Propolis

Bee Propolis is a resinous mixture of tree sap, tree buds, tree leaves and other botanical sources that the bees make to seal small openings in their hives. Larger openings are sealed with beeswax. Once again the chemical constituents of bee propolis varies by region because different plants live in different climates.

Studies on “typical” northern temperate propolis showed it to contain 50% vegetable balsams, 30% waxes, 10% essential oils, and 5% pollen. This northern region propolis is mainly derived from conifers and poplars.

A study published in Fertility and Sterility (2003;80:S32) showed that 60% of women with endometriosis related infertility who took 500mg of bee propolis twice a day for 9 months became pregnant as opposed to 20% in the placebo group. Endometriosis pain, scar tissue and adhesion formation is thought to be triggered by inflammation response. Bee propolis has been shown to be extremely anti-inflammatory which may reduce endometriosis.

It appears more research on the benefits of bee propolis are in order. Because preliminary studies suggest its highly anti-inflammatory properties it may be greatly beneficial for fertility issues that may trigger inflammation response such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), and reproductive trauma or surgeries.

Bee propolis may also contain immunomodulatory properties. This may be beneficial for auto-immune related fertility issues such as recurrent miscarriage due to immunological response (mothers body attacks and rejects the fetus), auto-immune related Premature Ovarian Failure and antisperm antibody. Antisperm antibodies can be present in woman as an allergic reaction to sperm, thus triggering immune response to attack the sperm. These antisperm antibodies can also be present in men as well, where their bodies attack their own sperm. This is commonly seen in up to 70% of men who get a vasectomy. Bee Propolis is included in the Alive Bee Power blend.

Making Informed Decisions When Choosing Bee Products

Be sure that you are choosing high quality products from a reputable source. This is very important not only to you, but to the health of the bees. As you may well know bees are rapidly declining and much of this is thought to be linked to environmental pollution. Choose to support organic, free-range, biodynamic farming and bee keeping practices when possible. Your choices make a difference!

Take the time to learn more about bees and how the sustain our food chain, without them we might perish. There are some great documentaries out there on Colony Collapse Disorder, the lives of bees and how they are on the brink of total collapse. Please keep in mind their vital role in our daily lives!

via Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen & Bee Propolis for Fertility.

Bee Pollen Fertility

Bee Pollen

As worker bees leave the hive for the day they go out and gather bee pollen and bring it back to the hive. They pack the pollen into granules with its own enzymes, some honey or nectar. Keep in mind that for each pack of bee pollen sold each one may be vastly different and this is because of the environment in which the bee was collecting the pollen. Different flowers contain different chemical constituents unique to that flower. Some bees are kept near farming areas that only contain one kind of flower rather than a diversity of them. So to obtain a wide variety of benefits from the bee pollen you will want to choose one that is from either a local organic source of wildflowers or an organic farm. Choose only high quality bee pollen. If you choose one that you are not sure of, call the company and ask them what kind of flowers the bees are visiting each day. Is the source organic or wild? If not, if they are near an industrial farm your pollen has the potential to contain harmful chemicals like pesticides, herbacides or fertilizers. All of these are known to contain endocrine disruptors which are linked to fertility problems.

Because bee pollen varies from source to source depending on time of year, location, ect. it is hard to pinpoint exact nutritional benefits as they may be different with each batch. Bee pollen does contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins and amino acids. It is said that bee pollen contains antihistamine properties which may reduce allergies.

Bee pollen has been reported to have great results in boosting immunity, fertility for both men and women, reducing allergies and boosting overall nutrition, as well as having healing benefits for a variety of other health conditions. Bee Pollen is included in the Alive Bee Power blend.

via Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen & Bee Propolis for Fertility.

Royal Jelly for Fertility

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a substance that is secreted by nurse worker bees glands. The secretion is known as royal jelly and it is the main food source for the first 3 days of the larva. One larva that is to be the Queen Bee is fed only royal jelly its entire life. This exclusive feeding triggers the full development of her ovaries which is needed to lay the millions of eggs she will lay in her lifetime. The Queen matures in 5 days and weighs double that of a worker bee. A worker bee only lives to be 30-45 days old, but the Queen bee lives to be 5 to 6 years old. The queen also lays in one season around 250,000 eggs and in peak season she may lay up to 2000 eggs a day. This may have something to do with the extremely high nutritional content of the Royal Jelly which is this Queen’s exclusive diet.

Royal Jelly is rich in amino acids (29 to be exact), lipids, sugars, some vitamins, fatty acids and most importantly, proteins. It contains ample levels of iron and calcium. Royal Jelly also contains acetylcholine, which is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell. Regular consumption of high-quality Royal Jelly has been shown to help balance hormones. This makes it beneficial to those individuals that suffer from a hormonal imbalance, as it helps to provide support to the endocrine system. It may also help with problems that are related to hormonal imbalance. A study done in Japan and published in 2007 shows that Royal Jelly has the propensity to mimic human estrogen, which may help those that suffer from low estrogen levels. Estrogen is essential for healthy bone formation and healthy gene expression, and is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle. This study also showed potential for increased size of uterine cells in the rats studied. While there may need to be more studies done to show full potential of Royal Jelly consumption on uterine health this is exciting potential for women with weak uterine muscles or thin uterine lining due to long-term hormonal birth control use.

Royal Jelly may be beneficial for the following:

• To increase libido

• Support egg and sperm health

• Diminish and reduce the signs of aging

• To reduce inflammation caused by illness or injury

• To naturally boost the bodies immune system

via Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen & Bee Propolis for Fertility.