Tea and Mental Health

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Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the camellia saneness, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. After water, it is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. some teas, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavor, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral, or grassy notes. Tea has lots of health benefits, but the lesser known fact is that it has many mental health benefits as well.

Green Tea

Many people drink green tea for its relaxing affects but studies show how it has significantly reduced stress levels, anxiety, and depression. Green tea, much like any caffeinated drink, can improve brain function because caffeine is a stimulant. Most green teas are also filled with a significant amount of l-theanine, an amino acid that has anti-anxiety affects.

Valerian Root

Valerian has been used to treat sleeping disorders (nonchronic) for a long time. however, it can also help with anxiety and depression. valerian is known to cause vivid dreams because it contains essential oils and other compounds. such compounds stimulate opioid receptors and serotonin production in your brain, resulting in relaxing and anti-depressive effects.

Valerian Root as a Sleep Aid | Everyday Health
Valerian Root

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is a herb often used for medical purposes. Research shows that it also works towards helping people with anxiety, even showing similar effects to pharmaceutical drugs like Klonopin or Ativan. Chamomile won’t completely treat anxiety disorder but it has shown signs of helping calm it down.

You should not try this tea if you:

  • are allergic to plants in the daisy family
  • have a sort of bleeding disorder
  • are pregnant or nursing

Tea and Insomnia – Most plant-based teas, such as green, lavender, or magnolia bark, are known to help people with minor insomnia or mere sleep difficulties. This is mainly because of an antioxidant called apigenin that binds to specific receptors in the brain, resulting in a decrease in anxiety and an increase in sleep. On the other hand, some teas, such as black tea, reduce sleep because they contain caffeine, leading us right to our next topic.

Extend Tea will go – All in all, tea is great to help the mind and body relax after a long period of distress. Tea, in past studies, has shown to notably reduce anxiety and help initiate sleep. However, tea is not a cure for any psychological condition and should not be relied on addictively. tea is only beneficial if consumed in moderation.


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