We see a lot of things about calming teas for anxiety. These well-known concoctions are surprisingly effective and useful, and many people use them. There are several kinds of calming teas that are popular today but the most popular are valerian, chamomile and lemon balm and passionflower.
We will discuss important things you need to know about these popular anxiety-relieving concoctions, and how to use them for anxiety.
Valerian is known for its sedative effects, and it is used for insomnia and drunk as a sleep aid. The roots, rhizomes and horizontal stems of the Valerian plant are dried for use as tea.
There are clinical studies about Valerian. Some studies support the use of Valerian for insomnia, and it helped insomniacs achieve faster and better quality sleep. There are also studies suggesting that Valerian’s effects can be felt immediately or in a few weeks, and has fewer adverse effects compared to sleeping pills. But there are also studies disproving the use of Valerian for insomnia. Nevertheless, experts say that Valerian has subtle beneficial effect to persons with insomnia.
What you should understand about Valerian:
Valerian is better used as a sleep aid rather than for solving anxiety issues. However, anxiety sufferers can still benefit from quality sleep. Only take Valerian at night-time, and be careful in using it when you are taking other sedatives or barbiturates.
A fragrant plant common in North America and Europe, Chamomile is used historically as a folk medicine for various health issues (that includes colds, sore throat, psoriasis, and anxiety and pneumonia).There are actually two kinds of Chamomile plants (German and Roman), and both have the same effects.
Despite its long history of use, the effect of chamomile for anxiety problems is not well understood. Chamomile may benefit people with stomach upset and skin conditions like eczema. Clinical trials are underway to determine benefits of chamomile, but one study shows that it benefits patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
What you should understand about chamomile:
Chamomile is a popular calming tea for anxiety, and may also have some sedative effect, so don’t drive or operate heavy machinery while using it.
Valerian may also lower blood sugar and blood pressure, so it may interact with medicines that cause these effects. Pregnant women are not recommended to use chamomile because it may cause abortion.
Lemon balm is not a lemon or a lemon product. It is an herb (Melissa officinalis) that has calming and sedative effects. Dried parts of the herb are used as tea.
Clinical studies show that anxiety sufferers can benefit most from lemon balm with valerian, and it also helps improve sleep quality compared to placebo.
What you should understand about lemon balm:
Lemon balm with Valerian may bring more benefits in relieving anxiety.
Passionflower is a flowering herb whose leaves, flowers and stems are used to make tea. Small studies show that passionflower may help persons with anxiety and GAD.
What you should understand about passionflower:
Passionflower is safe and effective, but may increase effects of anti-anxiety medications and can cause drowsiness.
These calming teas may help you better control anxiety without using drugs. However, do not take these calming teas for anxiety if you are driving, pregnant or nursing, or have problems in the liver.
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