Adding certain herbs and flowers to tea may make you feel more relaxed. Here are three of our favorite calming herbs:
Taste: Light, sweet, apple, floral
Your first introduction to chamomile might have been as a child with Sleepytime Tea, but its use for healing dates back to ancient Egypt. One of the most popular flowers in stress-relieving drinks, chamomile looks like an ordinary daisy you’d find in the forest, but has great calming benefits. Long-term use has been tested and proven safe.
Taste: Woodsy, musky, pungent
Not to be confused with “Valyrian Steel” from Game of Thrones (although pronounced the same), Valerian root is the real “sleepy time” herb, often paired with other botanicals and flowers to induce calmness and remedy insomnia. The perennial plant is native to Europe and Asia and prepared for tea by grounding the dried root into an extract.
Taste: Bright, refreshing, strong, sweet, citrus, minty
A cousin in the mint family, lemon balm is not actually a lemon (or a balm) but a herbaceous leaf with a fresh and citrusy aroma. Lemon Balm and other herbs like valerian and passionflower increase GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)— vital neurotransmitters that relax the mind and quiet brain activity for restfulness. Studies show lemon balm extract helps ease mild anxiety and sleeplessness, without messing with clarity of mind. For over 2,000 years, lemon balm has been taken to supercharge memory and brain function.