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)
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
Laurie Groh, MS LPC SAS
Mental Health Counselor at Shoreside Therapies in Whitefish Bay