The Power of Tea: Which Teas Help Anxiety and Depression

By Sarah Wylde

Anxiety, stress, and depression are hard to deal with, it takes a toll on your mental and physical health. It can affect your quality of life with symptoms of headaches/migraines, muscle tension, irritability, stomach problems, and more. There have been some days where I am not able to get out of bed because my body is in so much pain from tension or low energy because of how I feel. In the process to manage my anxiety and depression, I have tried a lot of different things and not all have worked. But with doing the three “M’s” medication, meditation, and mindfulness, I have less bad days each month. Another thing I do to help manage and keep me calm is drink tea. Yes, you read that right, I drink herbal tea on days I feel extra anxious, and it helps.

Sipping on a cup of warm tea is relaxing and comforting, but did you know it also has some natural herbal remedies. Tea has been used to reduce stress and anxiety for a long time. Drinking tea with herbal ingredients is known for calming and sedative properties that may help with stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms. As a side note, I am not saying that it replaces the use of medication and depending on your medication some of these teas may not mix well so bring any concerns to your doctor. There are a lot of other teas that can help with stress, anxiety, and depression, these are the main ones I have used and looked into.  

Here are some teas that you can enjoy:

Green Tea:

This tea has a high antioxidant and natural detoxing properties, it also has something called L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that is well-known for its calming effect, it is higher in green tea then it is in other teas. 

Peppermint Tea:

I use this tea the most of all on this list. Our gut is linked to our brain and they react to each other. So, if our brain reacts to issues with our stomach, our stomach reacts to our brain from anxiety and other emotions. It is not uncommon for people with anxiety and depression to have stomach issues, from my experience I get stomach issues quite a bit. To help ease the stomach problems, peppermint tea is the way to go because the menthol that is naturally found in the plant soothes the stomach pains.

Passionflower Tea:

This tea blend acts almost like a sedative and calms the nervous system which can also help you sleep. The blend has valerian root, kava, and lemon balm that tastes so good.

Chamomile Tea:

I use this tea when I have trouble sleeping because my mind is overactive and overthinking from anxiety and depression. The tea comes from a daisy-like flower that gets dried out before it is infused for tea. The antioxidant chamomile has is apigenin, which promotes sleepiness. 

Lavender Tea:

If you have ever smelled lavender, you know it is calming and soothing. There are already a lot of products out there infused with lavender meant to be used to calm adults and children. Drinking lavender tea has many benefits it helps headaches, irritation, inflammation and insomnia all things that accompany anxiety. 

You can find these teas at a local grocery or natural food health store. Enjoy your tea!

Until next time, cheers!

Sarah Wylde

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