Tea: An Awesome Stress Remedy
I drink a lot of tea. A lot. If you don’t believe me, let me show you one of the two (!) drawers of tea I have in my house. This drawer has tea bags while the other drawer has loose leaf.
I drink tea not only because I enjoy it, but also because it is a great stress reliever, especially if you’re drinking the right mix. Even though I have a drawer (or two) full of purchased teas, my absolute favorite is my own stress relief blend, which is a 4:4:1 tulsi, lemon balm, and lavender. I don’t sell it (yet), but I really should. This blend has an adaptogen (tulsi) and two nervine relaxants (lemon balm and lavender), each of which work to relax and create ease in the body. If you want to try something similar, there are a lot of tulsi-containing teas out there (also called holy basil). Best results come at about 2-3 cups/day, and note that with these herbs, you’re going to want to steep about 10 minutes–longer than you would a black/green tea. I will often pour the remainders of my morning kettle into a pitcher and leave it in the fridge for some cold tea later in the day.
Give tea a try as a stress remedy. Remember to drink mindfully and enjoy!