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In can be difficult to control stress, however Dharma Home Suites staff has multiple strategies for dealing with stress including teas and herbs! What better way to start a morning, or end a long day from work, than with a nice cup o’ tea? Unwind and de-stress with the right herb infused tea.
Be sure to practice caution in dosing your tea with the herbs, too much of anything can become bad for you. Read labels and follow the directions for the best effects without detriment. Be sure to let your physicians know of which or any supplements you may be takings, as there may be adverse side effects from mixing alternative medicinal herbs with prescription medications.
- Valerian Root: Often used for it’s sedative and sleep promoting properties, valerian root is also eases physical and mental tension. Calm anxiety, nervous asthma, and excitability, mild tremors from epilepsy, muscle and joint pain, menopause, and even chronic fatigue syndrome. Extracts, oils, and the powder form can be ingested, added to food and drink, and even enjoyed in a bath.
Chamomile is an ancient medicinal herb useful for its flowers, extracts, oils, tinctures, teas, and even the whole plant. Uses have been documented for: the anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer activity, helping with the common cold and cardiovascular conditions, aiding in easing diarrhea and colic, eczema, hemorrhoids, sleep aid, anxiety, and diabetes. Further research is needed to confirm certain effects. The list goes on, so get your dose of the flavonoid powerhouse in some tea today!
- Lemon Balm:
A member of the mint family, lemon balm is a calming herb often used for its’ stress and anxiety reducing properties, improvements in sleep, appetite, and indigestion, and treating minor wounds, cuts, and insect bites, even oral cold sores. Essential oils from the leaves are to thank for the relaxing effects. Dried leaves, tea, tinctures, capsules, and oils are available in many stores.
Passionflower has above the ground parts often used in medicine. People have used passionflower for a variety of ailments including insomnia, gastrointestinal distress, generalized anxiety disorder, seizures, fibromyalgia, irregular heartbeat and reliving narcotic withdrawal symptoms. You apply it to the skin and use extracts for flavoring. This is often paired with hops, kava, and chamomile.
- Green Tea:
This world renown drink boasts a wealth of health benefits like preventing Alzheimers and certain cancers, and improving cardiovascular health. Now you can add psychological stress reduction! A recent study found drinking 5 or more cups of green tea a day versus just one or two greatly reduced stress, even when factors such as age, diet, and history of disease were considered.
We at Dharma Home Suites hope this list will help you find what you need to take the edge off. As stated earlier, be wary of mixing certain herbs and prescriptions; consult a physician before experimenting with higher than recommended doses.