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Relax With Hot Tea
If youre looking for ways to relax, whether as a break from your busy schedule or to unwind from a long day, turn to a hot cup of tea. Often it’s forgotten that tea is made from leaves and herbs that can have strong therapeutic effects. Here’s two of our favorites to consider:
1. Chamomile Tea. Research shows that chamomile has calming effects and promotes sleep. Had a stressful day? Treat yourself to a warm mug of chamomile tea in the late afternoon or evening INSTEAD of a glass of wine. Steep a bag of chamomile tea made from the whole flower for 5-10 minutes to allow all of the nutrients to release into the water.
2. Green Tea. Green tea is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine. Our body uses this amino to increase levels of dopamine and GABA (Gama-aminobutyric Acid), which has a relaxing and calming effect on the brain. Research reported by Life Extension media also noted that GABA can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Have approximately 2 cups of organic, whole leaf green tea daily to feel its effects.
So the next time you feel stress and anxiety building, simply close your eyes, sip and go to your happy place.
Gennis Lafayette, N.C.
Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant
Bar Method Teacher, Palo Alto & San Mateo