Chamomile tea is widely know for its ability to calm and relax the body acting as a mild sedative to treat anxiety and insomnia. It is also good for calming your nerves, relaxing your muscles and treating an upset stomach. Chamomile has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Studies have show that chamomile can kill bacteria, fungus and viruses. According to the“Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology”, chamomile extracts have been found to be effective for soothing troublesome feelings of general anxiety disorder (GAD), which anxiety attacks belong to.
How to make the Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 to 3 heaping tsp. (2 to 4 g) of dried herb, steep 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 to 4 times per day.
4. Teas for Anxiety: Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm tea has been used to treat and calm the body when in a highly emotional or aroused state. It is said that this tea calms the soul and can heal a broken heart. It has been used as far back as the Middle Ages to treat and reduce stress, anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic). A recent clinical trial highlighted the powerful stress-relieving benefits of lemon balm. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 20 volunteers suffering from anxiety and sleep disturbances received 300 mg of a specialized lemon balm extract twice daily (in the morning and evening). After 15 days of treatment, the participants who received lemon balm reported a 49% reduction in their state of anxiety, a 72% reduction in anxiety-associated symptoms, and a 39% decrease in insomnia.
How to make the Tea: 1.5 to 4.5 grams (1/4 to 1 tsp.) of dried lemon balm herb in hot water. Steep and drink up to 4 times daily.
3. Teas for Anxiety: Valerian Root
Valerian Root tea acts as a sedative on the central nervous system producing a calm state of mind. It has been used to treat more of the extreme aroused states of mind like hysteria, fear and psychological stress. Valerian has been used to ease insomnia, anxiety, and nervous restlessness since the second century A.D. It has also been used to treat symptoms of depression and ADHD. Working similar to drugs like Xanax it’s pretty amazing that a herbal remedy like valerian root can have the same anti-anxiety effects of prescription drugs without all the serious side effects.
How to make the Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoonful (2 to 3 g) of dried root, steep 5 to 10 minutes. Drink 2-3 times a day.
2. Teas for Anxiety: Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha tea is on of the best teas for treating anxiety. It calms the body without causing drowsiness. Not only does it calm the body making it great for dealing with daily stress but also has an effect of helping the mind focus and concentrate all while stimulating sexual potency in both men and women. Its use dates back 3,000 years to the time the Ayurvedic practitioners in India began using it for people with anxiety, low energy, and the ravages of aging. According to medical researchers, ashwagandha has a group of alkaloids called, withanolides. Other constituents – including other alkaloids called sitoindosides, along with saponins and assorted minerals also play a role in producing a state of relaxation. Ashwagandha works as a depressant on the central nervous system similar to prescription drugs available today.
How to make the Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoonful (2 to 3 g) of dried root, steep 5 to 10 minutes. Drink 3 times a day.
1. Teas for Anxiety: Passion Flower
Passion Flower tea is our number one when it comes to treating anxiety. It it has been used to treat and calm an exhausted nervous system. It contains a chemical called GABA which actually lowers your brain activity. Studies of people with generalized anxiety disorder show that passionflower is as effective as the drug oxazepam (Serax) for treating symptoms. Passionflower was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It is still used today to treat anxiety and insomnia.
How to make the Tea: Steep 0.5 to 2 g (about 1 tsp.) of dried herb in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and cool. For anxiety, drink 3 to 4 cups per day