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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This blend includes hawthorn berries, shown to dampen the effects of stress on the gastrointestinal and cardio systems. twiningsusa.com
Calming chamomile is bolstered with hibiscus, proven to help lower blood pressure, and peppermint, which may help reduce anxiety. tazo.com
Rooibos tea is laced with immune-boosting eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), which can help the body adapt to stress. republicoftea.com
Sip soothing lemongrass and the anxiety-alleviating herb gotu kola, used in Ayurvedic medicine to support the nervous system. yogiproducts.com
Organic chamomile is bolstered by catnip and passionflower, both of which have mild sedative effects. traditionalmedicinals.com
Licorice settles the stomach while lemon balm helps enable better sleep in this organic blend. gaiaherbs.com
This delicious tea includes oat flowering tops (also known as oatstraw), which can soothe the nervous system. pukkaherbs.com
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
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