The Best Teas to Regulate Nerves and Anxiety

· June 17, 2016
If you’re taking any medications for anxiety you should talk to your doctor before trying any of these natural remedies, to avoid any adverse reaction

Life can sometimes bring you down with difficulties, challenges, and tests. These cause nerves and anxiety, your body’s reaction to stimuli that threatens the cells of your brain.

While it’s true that both stress and anxiety at controlled and moderate levels can help you face the difficulties of every day, when you exceed that is when a problem appears both for your body and your psychological balance.

If you notice that you’re losing control and certain symptoms like rapid heartbeat, dizziness, or indigestion have appeared, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. The help of a professional is usually necessary in these cases.

Meanwhile, at home you can follow some simple remedies. Teas are one way that people find relief when they’re experiencing moderate levels of stress and anxiety.

We invite you to read on and learn more.

Hawthorn to calm nerves and anxiety

Hawthorn is a beneficial herb that regulates the blood pressure. It tells your body to relax, improves blood circulation, and optimizes the rhythm of your heart for your entire body.

It’s excellent when you’re experiencing mild anxiety or on days when you’re more nervous than usual.

How should you take it?

  • Natural experts will tell you that it’s best to take it in a tincture. You can find this in herbalist shops and it’s usually very effective.
  • Dissolve two drops of hawthorn tincture in a cup of water or natural juice.
  • Take one of these a day.

Contraindications of hawthorn

  • If you’re already taking medications to treat heartbeat irregularities or high blood pressure, don’t use hawthorn.
  • Avoid its use if you’re pregnant.
  • Don’t abuse tinctures: they contain trace amounts of alcohol and can cause secondary problems.

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Lemon balm tea for better sleep

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Lemon balm is one of the better known plants for its relaxing action and relief of moderate levels of stress, insomnia, or anxiety.

In addition, lemon balm fights spasms, helping to alleviate muscle tension and reduce the nerves that can upset your stomach.

How should you take it?

  • You can drink two cups of lemon balm tea a day. One of them is especially helpful if taken before going to bed.
  • Heat one cup of water (200ml) and add a teaspoon of lemon balm (5 g). Don’t forget to sweeten it with honey.

Contraindications of lemon balm

  • If you’re pregnant you should avoid consuming this tea without first consulting with your doctor.
  • Never take lemon balm tea if you need to drive or operate machinery.

Basil for nervous stomach

Something that happens to a lot of people is that when you’re nervous or anxious it’s almost always focused on the “second brain,” i.e. your stomach.

If we were to suggest that you make a tea with basil every day to fight this problem you might be surprised, since you likely only think of basil as an aromatic herb for cooking.

But basil and its essential oil are actually very relaxing, helping to alleviate stomach pain and improve your digestion. Try making a basil tea after every meal.

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How should you take it?

  • Simply infuse a teaspoon of basil and a cup of water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and steep another 10. If you sweeten it with a little bit of honey you’ll really enjoy the results.

Contraindications for basil

  • If you suffer from gastritis or Crohn’s disease it’s best to avoid basil because the essential oils can cause adverse effects.
  • Don’t drink more than one cup a day or extend this treatment for more than 10 days. Basil is best to take when you feel intense stomach pain due to nerves (and you’re sure it’s not due to gastritis).

Linden tea

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Linden or basswood tea is a great way to relieve common nerves or moderate anxiety. It alleviates stress and upset stomach, promotes relaxation, relieves headaches, has a pleasant flavor, and helps restore your respiratory health.

How should you take it?

  • Linden tea has fewer side effects, which means you can drink up to three cups a day as needed. Moreover, it can become something you include in your day to day routine.
  • All you need to do is boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of linden.
  • Always sweeten this with honey to enhance its therapeutic and sedative effects. You’ll love how much more calm it makes you feel.

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Contraindications of linden or basswood

  • As we noted already, linden is a natural plant that has few side effects. But if you’re pregnant or taking heart medications, it’s always best to consult with your doctor first.