Drinking Tea for Relaxation
Tea can be a fabulous tool for helping to promote relaxation and to help our bodies and minds deal with stress. Drinking any type of tea can assist you with this, as all teas (from the Camellia Sinensis plant) contain a special amino acid called Theanine. Amongst all teas, Gyokuro green tea contains the highest levels of Theanine.
L-Theanine is an amino acid which can enter the brain as well as the bloodstream, and therefore can affect the brain, and it does! Theanine is proven to reduce mental and physical stress and promote feelings of relaxation. In fact, when Theanine is taken in conjunction with caffeine, especially low levels of caffeine such as those found in tea, Theanine actually improves your mood!
Black, Oolong, white and green tea are all from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis), differing only in their processing and oxidation levels. The most recent research on tea seems to indicate that which tea you should drink is a matter of taste and the health benefits of each are fairly similar, although the lighter the oxidation level, the more antioxidants the tea will contain.
Not only is tea chemically prepared to relax you, but the simple process of sipping a delicious hot tea, with the warmth, aroma and flavor relaxing your senses can lull you into a very relaxed state of mind. Tea can also be used as an aide to meditation and a focus for your mental repose.
In addition to teas from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you can also use herbal teas (also referred to as herbal tisanes) to help relax and unwind you, and you can find herbs that will relax you greatly! Herbs which assist with relaxation, feelings of well-being, and to help aide with your sleep are: Chamomile (which has a light apple-like flavor), Valerian Root (which is sort of a stinky herb, but it truly relaxes you), Passionflower, Hops, Lavender, and red Rooibos. Any of those herbs used in combination with one another, with tea leaves, or by themselves will be very relaxing.