Up until a decade ago we weren’t allowed to blame stress for numerous health issues that didn’t have any obvious source. Mentioning stress was called overreacting, as life indeed, was meant to be stressful and difficult. With lives on fast forward, chasing dreams and balancing between private and professional, it’s very easy to get caught in the state of constant anxiety and lack of peacefulness. It’s even easier than getting caught up in traffic! Can tea reduce stress?
Tea can help. Choosing special adaptogenic teas or following eastern guidelines and giving more importance to tea drinking moments is a great way to relax and dedicate a moment only for yourself.
There is still no cure for stress in Western medicine. Nowadays stress management is a very important topic among both health practitioners and the general public. Most agree that drinking a good cup of tea helps unwind and energise. However, some teas might be better in helping you build up your body’s immune system and natural stress defence mechanisms. Their name is adaptogenic teas.
Both Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine are based on thebelief that herbs can help create abalance between body and soul. Their goal is to remove the source of many health issues, rather than treating the symptoms only. Both of them are still highly popular and often the only choice of treatment for some local populations. While some teas may only be efficient in dealing with one or two different health issues, others may help with a whole range of health problems – they are called adaptogenic teas.
Stress, the illness of modern life, is the source of many health problems. Constant exposure to high levels of stress is weakening immune system that can no longer protect the body. The range of consequencesare varied – from the common cold, anxiety and insomnia, to infertility and various infections. So, can tea reduce stress? Adaptogenic teas can help with naturally reducing stress and therefore, help in healing the whole body. They increase the body’s natural resistance against all types of stress –physical, psychological and mechanical – for example, caused to the body during workouts.
“…a number of clinical trials demonstrate that adaptogens exert an anti-fatigue effect that increases mental work capacity against a background of stress and fatigue, particularly in tolerance to mental exhaustion and enhanced attention”
There are a number of important adaptogenic teas although their stress reducing properties are still not well-known in western counties. Some of the most popular and powerful are Indian Tulsi, South Korean Ginseng, Rhodiola root and Reishi mushrooms.
Tulsi or Holy Basil is an Indian holy plant. It has been used for centuries in Ayurveda. This type of basil is different from regular basil for cooking, with stronger and fresher scent and different chemical composition. As tea, it gives a very delicate and enjoyable infusion. Pure Tulsi can be drank plain or mixed with other teas or herbs. Ginseng is very important in South Korean medicine. There are different types of ginseng available on the market, but not all are adaptogenic. Korean Ginseng or Panax Ginseng is believed to have the ability to strengthen the body and offer natural immune boosting properties.
Even Camellia Sinensis may have have adaptogenic properties, although not as high as previously mentioned plants. Camellia Sinensis is the plant used for making white, green, yellow, oolong, black and pu’er tea. Indeed, those teas have been used for centuries for calming both the mind and body.
In countries with a strong tea culture, tea has always been more than just a drink for healing the common cold. It is also much more than a companion to cakes and sandwiches during afternoon tea parties. Japanese tea ceremony and Chinese tea culture both follow the same principles; drinking tea should be a calming experience, energising, pure and uninterrupted. Japanese tea ceremony is the perfect example – quiet, unobtrusive, respectful and pure, where all attention is focused on Matcha tea. Some of the first Chinese written guidelines on drinking tea suggested that it should always be drank in an enjoyable environment: far from noise and feelings like anger and malice. The room setup and atmosphere were always as important as the flavour and benefits one tea might provide.
Some teas that are not adaptogenic may also have a big impact on calming the body and reducing anxiety. Greek Mountain, Chamomile, Lavender and Rose have been around for centuries. Those teas are an important topic of many scientific studies.
If you wish to use tea for stress relief, try not only choosing adaptogenic teas, but also turning your favourite room into your personal tea sanctuary. Rarely any Western home has a peaceful space that you could easily turn into a personal tea drinking room. Nevertheless, you can still pay attention to details, cleanliness and making it as cosy and enjoyable as possible. We are proud to offer a wide range of carefully crafted Wellbeing teas– from pure leaves to functional blends like Ayurvedic Contemplation created to calm the mind and Relaxation Tea for gentle relaxation and unwinding.
Although most teas are completely safe to use, please refrain from drinking large quantities in order to speed up the results. Not all adaptogens are completely safe for unrestricted use. It is important to always consult your health provider before deciding to use herbs for self-healing.