9 Soothing Teas To Calm Nerves

Nothing is more relaxing than a hot cup of tisane at the end of a stressful day.

March 4, 2016
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Herbalists have long understood the power of plants to heal. (If you're under the weather, try The Ultimate Cold + Flu Brew). Tea companies have caught on too; hundreds of brands claim the power to calm our nerves. How to know what’s best? Read labels closely.

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The most common ingredients, like chamomile, are also the mildest—fine if your stress is at low tide. For heavier-hitting remedies, seek out the teas shown here. Some are quite potent; start with one cup per day and consult your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or being treated for any illness. Click through the slideshow to check out our favorites. 

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twinings tea
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Twinings Nightly Calm

This blend includes hawthorn berries, shown to dampen the effects of stress on the gastrointestinal and cardio systems. twiningsusa.com

Tazo tea
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Tazo Calm Chamomile

Calming chamomile is bolstered with hibiscus, proven to help lower blood pressure, and peppermint, which may help reduce anxiety. tazo.com

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The Republic Of Tea Get Relaxed No. 14

Rooibos tea is laced with immune-boosting eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), which can help the body adapt to stress. republicoftea.com

Yogi tea
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Yogi Tea Calming

Sip soothing lemongrass and the anxiety-alleviating herb gotu kola, used in Ayurvedic medicine to support the nervous system. yogiproducts.com

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Traditional Medicinals Cup Of Calm

Organic chamomile is bolstered by catnip and passionflower, both of which have mild sedative effects. traditionalmedicinals.com

Gaia tea
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Gaia Sleep & Relax

Licorice settles the stomach while lemon balm helps enable better sleep in this organic blend. gaiaherbs.com

Pukka tea
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Pukka Relax

This delicious tea includes oat flowering tops (also known as oatstraw), which can soothe the nervous system. pukkaherbs.com

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Herbal Cup Anti Stress

Ashwagandha, which helps the body cope with stress, and valerian, a powerful sleep aid, lead the way in this Ayurvedic formula (ashwagandha has a long history in Indian medicine. Read more about The Ancient + Powerful Herb That Can Counter Stress). herbalcuptea.com

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Buddha Teas Calming Buddha Blend

The root of the Kava plant, a Polynesian shrub, can be a potent anti-anxiety remedy, partly through compounds that affect dopamine receptors. buddhateas.com

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