- 1 Why choose relaxing herbal teas instead of Xanax or Lexotan to relieve stress and anxiety or sleep better?
- 2 The 5 best relaxing plants with which to prepare your herbal tea (based on research)
- 3 Here is the ranking of 5 plants with which to prepare the most relaxing herbal teas (not in order of importance):
- 3.1 1 - Escolzia2-3 (Eschscholtzia californica)
- 3.2 2 - Passiflora4 (Passiflora incarnata)
- 3.3 3 - Whitania4 (Withania somnifera)
- 3.4 4 - Melissa4 (Melissa officinalis)
- 3.5 5 - Biancospino4 (Crataegus monogyna)
- 3.6 A couple of alternative plants (interesting to try, even in addition to the previous ones)
- 3.7 A relaxing and pleasant herbal tea (ready to use): RelaxTea
- 3.8 Instructions to make relaxing herbal teas
- 3.9 Final note
Why choose relaxing herbal teas instead of Xanax or Lexotan to relieve stress and anxiety or sleep better?
From a study1 it turns out that the risk of death for those who use it anxiolytics or hypnotics (to sleep) is almost the + 40 % compared to those who don't use them.
This means that those who use pharmacological anxiolytics have the 40% more likely to die from these drugs.
Despite these nefarious omens - statistically real - today many doctors prescribe anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs to tackle a problem of anxiety and stress when the "dispensation" of natural instruments to solve these states is full of effective remedies without side effects.
If you use these drugs and would like to switch to natural remedies, contact a medical health insurance that has one training in natural therapies and that it can guide you in an appropriate and personalized way in this change of therapy.
Some of these remedies require more effort and others less, among those faster, simpler and super cheap there are just the ones herbal teas composed of officinal plants with relaxing, anxiolytic and anti-stress action.
Which ones to choose: ready-made or do-it-yourself?
You can choose to prepare yourself (or have your herbalist prepare you) one mixture for herbal tea, or you can take one already ready to use. In each of these two cases, consider that to have an appreciable and lasting effect you must use relaxing herbal teas continuously.
To get a calming effect deeper and more stable, herbal teas must be able to act daily, only in this way can they succeed in restoring more ground resistant to anxiety and stress.
In addition to consuming them at home you can take them with you at work in one thermos-bottle of steel.
You can continue to use without problems, but if you want, you can enter a one-week break every 2 months of use (although it is not mandatory, it can be useful to maintain maximum effectiveness).
When you feel you have reached the state of relaxation you desire, then you can interrupt. You can however resume use if you feel the need.
The 5 best relaxing plants with which to prepare your herbal tea (based on research)
I have prepared a list of the most relaxing and generally most effective plants in the reduction of anxiety and stress. The result is based on scientific research (see bottom of this article) and on mine personal experience.
In fact, being a constitutionally a bit anxious type, over the years I have tried many different ways to rebalance this trend. The relaxing herbal teas - that I still use they were helpful.
This first ranking "major" does not exclude that you may find yourself well with some "minor" plants.
Each of us is unique and different from everyone else, so why not experiment with some alternative plants as well? After this list, you also find a couple more alternative plants interesting to try.
Here is the ranking of 5 plants with which to prepare the most relaxing herbal teas (not in order of importance):
1 - Escolzia2-3 (Eschscholtzia californica)
Studies indicate that Escolzia prolongs the duration and quality of sleep and reduces muscle spasms. It has an effect anxiolytic and sedative.
Traditionally it has been used for adults and children, especially in minor sleep disorders. Often the Scolzia is used together with the Passiflora.
2 - Passion flower4 (Passiflora incarnata)
All of its major therapeutic characteristics attributed by traditional use have recently been recognized also by scientific experimentation:
Sedative effect, antispasmodic (relaxes muscles and reduces excessive contraction) e tranquilizer (Neurosedativa).
It is used to help also the problems of the abnormal heart rhythm (in a normal heart), as well as indicated for problems of nervousness in the adults and children, particularly in non-serious insomnia. It is often recommended in association with hawthorn due to the similarity of the active ingredients of the two plants.
3 - Whitania4 (Withania somnifera)
It is also called Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng, and is used a lot in Ayurvedic medicine.
It is extraordinarily effective in case of symptoms from stress and cognitive overwork (adaptogen effect). It helps to return to calm and relaxed while maintaining a high level of attention.
The Whitania is a plant that I personally use a lot, and I also let my relatives and friends try it. Is fantastic! One of the most plants suitable for those who work a lot and is immersed in many activities (and takes a few holidays :-)).
... yes, but this name "Whitania Somnifera", what does it mean, which gives me the sleeping effect like a blow on the head ?!
To be clear, all the plants shown here and in particular Whitania, do not give a stunning effect, on the contrary, increase relaxation at the same time increase mental performance, because they help concentration and they fight anxiety (which often leads to an unproductive jump from one activity to another).
Note: it is not common to find Whitania in the form of an herbal tea, but it also exists in this form. If it is not possible to get the herbal tea it is always possible to use Whitania in the form of compress (dry extract), which are much easier to find.
4 - Melissa4 (Melissa officinalis)
Also for the melissa thecalming action it is reflected in its spasmolytic properties (muscle relaxation).
Lemon balm besides its sedative effect, it also has aantibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity (try it when you catch a cold or the flu).
It is traditionally used in the treatment of nervous disorders such as themild insomnia, both in the adults that in children.
5 - Hawthorn4 (Crataegus monogyna)
Hawthorn has a reputation for helping heart health (especially in the case of arrhythmia), and is a rebalancing of the blood pressure.
This reputation is well founded, in fact even research confirms it, the hawthorn is indeed useful to the heart and improves the values of muscular contractility.
Human studies have shown an improvement in the parameters associated with the work of the heart (reduction of the sensation of shortness of breath, decrease in palpitations, increase of coronary circulation and myocardial).
Despite the hawthorn showing positive effects similar to those of some drugs used for the symptoms indicated above, for this plant there are no known side effects or long-term toxicity.
Once again, one harmless plant could take the place of a drug (or more than one), without the unpleasant side effects characteristic of the drugs.
Note: before deciding to use a medicinal plant to treat medical symptoms, you need to talk to your doctor or even better find one who also has training in the field of medical herbal medicine.
Furthermore, it also has aantipotensive action, therefore counteracts high blood pressure.
Hawthorn is often found in combination with passion flower or lemon balm. So you too can formulate your own herbal tea by following this criterion, especially if your heart rate and blood pressure are associated with symptoms of anxiety and stress.
With these 5 relaxing plants you can create plants mixtures. The mixtures normally are more powerful than the single ingredient taken alone, because a mixture follows the principle of synergy.
Synergy is created when different active ingredients (present in different plants) come associated to work on a common goal: in this case, obtain a status of relaxation.
To help you personalize your relaxing blend, you can use specifics symptoms "guide" if these are present. If you have any of these symptoms - besides being seen by your doctor - choose the most suitable ingredient to rebalance them.
Guiding symptom #1: Blood pressure and / or abnormal heart rhythm
If you have the high pressure then the hawthorn is the plant to add to your herbal tea. The same is true in the symptoms associated with abnormal heart rhythm (in a normal heart).
Symptom guide #2: Stress from mental super-work
When is it stress to play an important role in the genesis of anxiety or insomnia then Whitania is the plant to be preferred. The same applies to the students under examination, which can benefit a lot from Whitania (Indian ginseng).
Guide symptom #3: Generalized anxiety
A situation of generalized anxiety (anxiety is present throughout the day in a mild but persistent way) can be improved by Passiflora and Escolzia.
Guide symptom #4: Gastrointestinal disorders and / or infections
In presence of gastrointestinal disorders or in case of infections Bacteria, fungal and viral the Melissa helps. In particular, good results have been obtained with the local treatment ofHerpes.
A couple of alternative plants (interesting to try, even in addition to the previous ones)
Red poppy or rosolaccio4 (Papaver rhoeas)
Red poppy is light sedative, traditionally used to help mild sleep disorders.
It is also effective for calming the cough. You can choose as an option especially in the presence of abnormalities of the heart rate (with normal heart).
Primula5 (Primula veris)
So theanxiety coexists with a lightweight depressive state the use of Primula may be useful. In traditional use it is generally used in cases of nervousness, anxiety and insomnia.
This flower also has some principles (salicylic glycosides) that have an action anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic, therefore in these last two cases the insertion of the primula in the mixture of the herbal tea is privileged.
With these plants you can reduce anxiety and stress chronic so natural. Whenever you need it, these relaxing herbal teas always represent a effective help and healthy to cope with a particularly stressful period, and getting out of it in the best way 🙂
A relaxing and pleasant herbal tea (ready to use): RelaxTea
RilassaTea of Biokyma is a mixture in ready-to-use sachets.
It is particularly pleasant because it is flavored by the presence of Karkadé (flowers of Hibiscus) and peels of tangerine.
As "emergency solution"You can always keep a packet of this ready-to-use mixture ready in the pantry. This is one of the herbal teas that I like to use in rotation with the others, after meals, even with a mixture of berries.
If this specific herbal tea is not available from your herbalist, see the table of ingredients which I have reported on the image to help you in your search for something similar.
Instructions to make relaxing herbal teas
All the plants and flowers on this list can follow the classical preparation for an herbal tea:
- Do boil water (avoid the microwave).
- As soon as the water starts to boil turn off the flame.
- Then, infuse the herbs or flowers and let infuse for 5 minutes.
- Filter the herbs and drink the hot herbal tea.
Il dosage of plants corresponds to approx a spoonful of herbs for a cup of water from 300-350ml.
The use of herbal teas relaxing is fantastic, because they represent an excellent way to nurture the well-being of the mind and at the same time allow it to stay well hydrated (which brings numerous advantages such as: weight loss, elimination of toxins, cognitive readiness).
If however for any reason you want a stronger "therapeutic" effect to reduce anxiety, insomnia and stress then you will have to choose some phytotherapeutic forms with a higher concentration of active ingredients.
The most used and most effective phytotherapeutic forms are i glycerine macerated (MG), le mother tinctures (TM) and i dried extracts (ES), the latter in capsules or tablets.
The use of the latter preparations does not exclude the possibility of continuing to use the herbal teas illustrated here. Your trusted herbalist or doctor of natural therapies you can suggest the best preparation to add to the herbal teas indicated above in case of need.
Remember that everything you read here is all the more valid the more you follow one really healthy lifestyle.
No one expects a miracle from the use of a single herbal tea, but we can expect great improvements in the prevention and in the state of health when there is one synergy between nutrition, lifestyle, physical and mental exercise.
In addition of course to all the corrective aids that i natural remedies they can offer when they are needed (and under the guidance of a doctor experienced in natural therapies).
Which, along with the right lifestyle, dramatically increase the chances of living a life without major health problems, indeed with more energy, vitality and good humor compared to the majority of people who do not implement these principles.
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1 "Mortality hazard associated with anxiolytic and hypnotic drug use in the National Population Health Survey" by Belleville G.
2. “Behavioral Effects of the American Traditional Plant Eschscholzia californica: Sedative and Anxiolytic Properties” by Alain Rolland and coll.
3. “Neurophysiological Effects of an Extract of Eschscholzia californica Cham. (Papaveraceae) "by A. Rolland and coll.
4. "Pharmacognosy - Phitochemistry Medical Plants" by Jean Bruneton - ed. Lavoiser publishing. 2 ° Ed. 1999.
5. "Phytotherapy - principles of traditional, energetic, modern clinical phytotherapy" by Erus Sangiorgi. Ed. Ambrosiana 2011.
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