Anti-stress that actually anti-stresses
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While I'm a firm believer in the medicinal value of any good cuppa, properly brewed, I'm not sure I've ever landed on any of the "tension tamer" blends that actually work for me. (And the way this week is going, I desperately need one that will :o)
Suggestions? Comments? Success stories?
I would think that whatever your favorite tea is would be the most anti-stress, on the "Do one thing for yourself each day" principle.
Thank you kindly! I pop valerian capsules from local health food store, and the bottle says it can be used as a tea, but judging from the pill aftertaste, I think I'm better off leaving well enough alone.
I've generally not had luck with tension tamer type teas (say that 5 times fast). They're usually herbal and I'm not a fan of herbals, so that basically means that the experience of drinking is more often than not unpleasant. Thus, I have found that a cup of my favorite blend is usually far more medicinal. Sorry I'm not more help.
Chamomile and peppermint is good for me. and fennel is supposed to be calming but I can't find it so I don't knowl
I'm not big on tisanes (rooibus being the exception), and I don't know of any tea that, due to it's chemistry, combats stress. However, I do find that simply moving into the routine/ritual of preparing a pot of tea, in anticipation of a little quiet time in a comfy chair, can start a physical change. I begin to 'chill out' as I boil the water, select the tea (decaf at times like this), measure out the portions, warm the pot, etc. The ritual seems to create a little winding down space. Then, the warm brew is calming in itself - the color, the warmth in the hands, the soothing liquor in the throat.
That often works for me.
I agree Os, as my bio says my grandma would make me a nice cup of tea when I was upset
I dispatch for a living. (If you want to call it that). Stress.
I come home late and so frazzled I just want to be left alone. My chair has my current read waiting along with my glasses. I fix a pot of brew and relax.
Personally my favs are Earl Grey, but a good vanilla tea, or Welsh Brew will do as well. I think it's the preparation, the taking a moment for me, and then tuning out the world, sipping in the warmth that brings my down, including my blood pressure.
So I'd suggest, as others here have done, pick one you like and concentrate on that instead of what is annoying you.
Hops can also sooth your nerves, but drink it before bed, as it can make you sleepy. Steep the dried blossoms no more than 7 minutes.
I drink two or three 2-cup pots of tea daily. Primarily to avoid thirst. But I caught myself, in October, brewing a 6 cup pot all by myself. And it was to destress, to calm down! By mid-pot I had pointed out where that urge came from: I was reading "The Meaning of Tea", essentially interviews with tea people who repeatedly said, one way or another: tea is good. In every occasion, in any circumstance, whatever tea, tea is good. Simple and effective mantra.
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