This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Traditional Medicinals. All opinions are 100% my own.
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon can be particularly challenging during the work-day. My clients tell me that these times are usually when they feel tired, bored, fidgety, frustrated, stressed and often get the urge to snack (even when they’re not hungry).
One of my go-to suggestions is to get up from your desk and make a cup of tea. It may sound like a small task, but it ticks a bunch of boxes on the holistic health front–it makes you stand up and walk (remember, sitting is the new smoking!), distracts you from boredom, satisfies the urge to consume something (without bogging down your digestion with unneeded food) and provides a few moments to get centered and grounded. By choosing medicinal teas that offer additional benefits, this tea ritual becomes even more productive!
Traditional Medicinals makes a handful of tea blends that are wonderful for reducing stress and promoting calm with each warm and soothing sip.* Below are my favorite teas for stress:
Stress Ease Cinnamon
The major player in this tea is skullcap, which is one of the best herbs to relieve stress and irritability and promote relaxation.* Skullcap is known as a nervine, which is an herb that soothes the nervous system. Stress Ease Cinnamon has a subtle sweetness from the addition of cinnamon and licorice. This tea is perfect for when you’re feeling frazzled by your to-do list or annoyed at your boss or spouse! Due to its ability to relieve irritability*, this tea is also a great one to sip during PMS.
Tulsi with Ginger
Tulsi, aka Holy Basil, is an adaptogenic herb which enhances the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. Drinking tulsi tea can be an effective way to help your ability to cope by supporting a healthy response to stress.* Ayurvedic practitioners have praised it for centuries for its many healing properties.
With the addition of ginger’s warming and digestive benefits, having a cup of Tulsi with Ginger is my favorite way to get through that mid-afternoon slump without stress, sugar cravings or brain fog.
Chamomile with Lavender
Two quintessential calming and fragrant flowers are combined in this tea, along with lemon balm, for a gentle yet effective herbal remedy for reducing stress. The aromas of chamomile and lavender are well-known for promoting a sense of calm. These herbs ease tension and can help you wind down before bed. I like drinking a cup of Chamomile with Lavender tea when I get home after a hectic day at work.
This can be a great tea to have a cup of before a high-stakes presentation (or other nerve-racking activity), as both chamomile and lavender are soothing for the digestive system and can help relieve that ‘butterflies in your stomach’ feeling.*
Cup of Calm
You learned about the calming benefits of chamomile and lavender above. Combine these with passionflower and catnip, and you’ve got yourself a cupful of relaxation with Cup of Calm! Passionflower supports the nervous system, making it beneficial for restlessness and nervous tension.* It helps to promote relaxation, helping those turn off before bed (guilty!). Catnip is another nervine useful if you’re jittery or overstimulated. This pleasant blend of relaxation herbs makes Cup of Calm a great tea to bring tranquility to a busy day or late night.
Nighty Night with Valerian
I must say this one is not at the top of the list on smell, but it sure does get the job done! Nighty Night Valerian tea features passionflower, peppermint, lemon balm and valerian for a tea that helps give you a good night’s sleep.*
Passionflower and lemon balm are lovely calming herbs, but valerian is the big dog in this blend. Valerian is one of nature’s great relaxing herbs and is known for a characteristic earthy, ripe smell. So based on the potent smell of the tea bag, this blend has some high quality valerian root. If it takes you a while (30 minutes or more) to fall asleep, valerian might be just the herb you need.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.