I find that my ritual of drinking tea can help me to feel calm and relaxed. Is it just me, or is there merit to the feeling? Can drinking tea help to reduce stress? Let’s look at the science.
The ritual of drinking tea — whether it be a regular afternoon tea, tea before bedtime or while you read the morning paper — helps alleviate stress. Andy Puddicombe, mindfulness expert and co-founder of Headspace, shares that when you build a ritual around your tea drinking experience, you are promoting zen.
Brad Camp, CIP and founder of Breathe Life Healing Center, explains that drinking tea promotes a sense of calm because the aroma of the natural ingredients acts as a mood booster.
You will likely feel more calm and less stressed after enjoying any flavor of tea. If you are not sure where to begin, try chamomile or peppermint.
There is some solid scientific research about the many benefits of chamomile tea when it comes to stress relief. Try: Tazo Calm Chamomile
Some of my other favorites:
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American Chemical Society. (2005, January 4). Chamomile Tea: New Evidence Supports Health Benefits ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 1, 2017 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm
North American Journal of Psychology . 2009, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p245-256. 12p. 2 Charts, 1 Graph.