Feeling stressed? Ocimum (Tulsi), Polygala, and Terminalia (Haritaki) stress relief teas may get you back on track!
Is your to do list growing by the day? Are you continually behind schedule?
We all have days where we feel overwhelmed. Some days, it feels as if there’s so much to do that we’ll never catch up. Over time, feeling stressed can become the new normal. And that’s a problem because stress is serious business. Depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, susceptibility to infections, and viral disorders such as the common cold have been linked to stress. As it turns out, one of the best ways to support your immune system is to manage your stress levels.
You absolutely have to make time for you. Take a break. Breathe. Recenter.
How can you make the most out of a much-needed timeout? How can you get back on track? Try drinking a calming cup of tea. Read on to learn about three stress relief teas that will soothe your nerves and bring you greater peace of mind.
Stress Relief Teas
Ocimum sanctum, also known as Holy Basil and Tulsi, is one of our most popular stress relief teas, and it’s renowned the world round for its anti-stress properties. Ocimum is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help the body combat the effects of stress and enable the body to function normally during traumatic periods. High levels of cortisol can make you feel stressed out and anxious, and Ocimum helps keep normal levels of cortisol in the body.
Here’s a deeper dive into the science behind Ocimum. Ocimum constituents ocimarin and the ocimumosides A and B show anti-stress activity, including normalizing blood sugar levels and cortisol levels. In fact, Ocimum has been shown to be as effective as the antidepressant desipramine.
Finally, Ocimum not only helps maintain the balance of the nerves but also may boost energy. Read the Ocimum FAQ.
Polygala tenuifolia, also known as Yuan Zhi, Seneca, and Chinese Senega, is a powerful stress relief tea. As an adaptogenic herb, Polygala helps maintain the balance of the nerves when you’re under stress. It’s thought to relax the soul, calm the heart, and ease restlessness and anxiety.
Let’s look at the science. Polygala’s anti-stress actions are believed to operate on two separate channels. One compound, 3,6′-Disinapoyl sucrose (DISS), acts on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, reversing the damage created by chronic stress to the reward functions of the HPA axis. A second compound, 3,4,5-Trimethoxycinnamic acid (TMCA), appears to suppress norepinephrine (NE) in the locus coeruleus, the part of the brain responsible for physiological responses to stress and panic.
Terminalia chebula, also known as Haritaki and Myrobalan, is a highly effective stress relief tea. As an adaptogenic herb, Terminalia helps the body combat the effects of stress and enables the body to function normally during traumatic periods. Terminalia helps reduce the biochemical markers of stress, and it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential can reduce the effects of stress on your body.
Like Ocimum and Polygala, Terminalia is both a nootropic and an antioxidant. It’s also believed to increase energy, intelligence, and awareness.
Give Yourself a Break with Stress Relief Teas
It’s easy to get caught up in a round-the-clock routine that leaves little time for you. Take a break. Sit in silence. Read. Reflect. And brew yourself a cup of one of these stress relief teas. You can even brew yourself a cup right before you go to bed. All three stress relief teas are caffeine-free, so you can enjoy them any time of day.