After a month indoors, most of us are starting to go a little crazy.
The news is riddled with anxiety-inducing stories, and while Netflix may help temporarily ease the hurt, binging The Office for the 100th time doesn't quite distract you the way it used to. Herbal teas are a natural, and delicious way to ease a troubled soul. In honor of National Tea Day, we've compiled a list of teas that can really help take the edge off, if only for a moment.
This common garden herb is known to reduce anxiety, fatigue, and feelings of frustration. The aroma of peppermint has also been shown to especially soothe anxiety in people who were hospitalized. If you or someone you know has had a terrifying hospital experience, a gift of some good peppermint tea could really help put someone at ease.
Ginger is packed with nutrients. While the plant is well known for its digestive benefits, a good cup of ginger tea will also reduce inflammation, improve blood performance, strengthen your immune system, improve your respiratory system and reduce stress. Don't forget to add some lemon for flavor and a quick dash of vitamin C.
Originally a ritual tea from the Pacific Islands, Kava is one of the most effective anxiety remedies on the market. The tea, which has a rather earthy and muddy taste, targets GABA receptors in the brain and as a result eases all your troubles away.
Commonly used as an herbal remedy for insomnia, Valerian root is also effective at calming people down, especially women who may be undergoing a medical procedure.
Turmeric is rich in curcumin, which has anti inflammatory properties and serves as an herbal antidepressant. It additionally has anti-cancer, antiviral, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Scientists have shown that its also helpful for people with HIV and AIDS.