herbal teas for mental health

5 Herbal Teas That Improve Mental Health

herbal teas for mental health

Teas That Will Soothe Your Mind!

I don’t know what it is about a good cup tea that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Tea is comfort in a glass, and a big warm blanket wrapped around you, and something that has always calmed my mind.

The combinations of tea are endless, but there are 5 teas that I have found, through research and personal testing(YUM!), to be the best choices to improve your mental health and clarity.

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Here is a countdown of my top 5 favorite teas and why they are great for your mental health:
5. Yogi Chai Roobios (Caffeine-Free)

cinnamon bark, rooibos leaf, cardamom pod, ginger root, clove bud, stevia leaf

I’ve never been a huge fan of cinnamon, but I sure do have a weakness for this tea. This is my go to tea in the winter months when I feel Seasonal Defectiveness Disorder creeping up on me. Like many others, I have a tendency to go into a depression during these months.

It’s all about the ingredients:

The cinnamon can increase your alertness allowing you to handle the shorter days and longer nights of winter. Rooibos is full of antioxidants that help soothe stress. Cardamom aids as an anti-depressant because of it’s detoxification qualities which revive cells and fights against depression. In many cases, Ginger may improve brain function and fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Tazo Zen Green Tea

green tea, lemon verbena, spearmint leaves, lemongrass, natural flavors

Green Tea is one that I only go to in cases of extreme exhaustion. As a person with Bipolar Disorder, it is wise of me to stay away from stimulants like caffeine. However, Bipolar swings can affect sleep patterns leaving me exhausted, enter green tea.

It’s all about the ingredients:

The amino acids and caffeine in green tea is a positive mood booster for those in need of a pick me up. Green tea also enhances memory and cognitive function which can help ease the stressors of Alzheimer disease and Dementia. When you add in the uplifting effects of spearmint and lemongrass, this is a tea to lift your mood.

3. Tazo Wild Sweet Orange (Caffeine-Free)

lemongrass, rose hips, spearmint, orange peel

When I am feeling stressed out or my anxiety flaring up, I pour a mug of hot water and dip in a soothing bag of Wild Sweet Orange. Anxiety often blindsides me, so it’s important to have this extra little trick up my sleeve.

It’s all about the ingredients:
Lemongrass reduces everyday stress. Rose Hips are great for headaches and dizziness, which is high-stress situations, or certain mental illnesses are quite common. Orange peel is a natural energizer but isn’t a stimulant. This means that the consumption will not affect those with mood disorders negatively. Spearmint improves problem-solving skills and memory which can be a big issue to those with mental health issues like schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and bipolar disorder to name a few.

2. Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile (Caffeine-Free)

chamomile, natural honey and vanilla flavors, lemongrass, orange peels, licorice, chicory

What can I say, I LOVE VANILLA! This is a tea I often drink when, not only in need of a pick me up, but also have a bit of a sweet tooth. The hint of licorice reminds me of my childhood and watch Disney movies with a bundle full of licorice in my hand. Those warm memories that will last with you forever.

It’s all about the ingredients:
This tea has similar benefits as the Tazo Wild Sweet Orange listed as number 3 with the added benefit of Chamomile and Licorice! Chamomile serves as a muscle relaxant to your brain tissues which helps serve and an anti-anxiety. Licorice helps regulate the stress hormone, cortisol which helps take the edge off those seemingly unmanageable days.

1. Tazo Scarlet Citrus Rooibos (Caffeine-Free)

african rooibos, hibiscus, lemon verbena, rosemary
The taste of this tea is what initially attracted me to it, but after I had found out about all of the mental health benefits, it became my absolute favorite!

It’s all about the ingredients:

African Rooibos, which is a natural sweetener, has a high level of antioxidants that can reverse adverse effects of stress on the brain. The Lemon Verbena has the calming effect on nerves and chronic stress that can be a mental illness trigger. Even though this tea is caffeine-free, the Rosemary still helps fight fatigue and nervous tension. I’m sure you can see why this is my number one choice!

If you haven’t tried these teas, I strongly suggest you do! Find your favorite and stock up for those days you need a little extra pick me up!

Do you have other favorite teas that help boost your mood? I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Debbie

    I am unusual in that I hate coffee. I am a huge tea drinker, both hot and iced. For hot tea, I love cinnamon flavors and my favorite, though not herbal, is Bigelow Cinnamon stick. Love it when I want a caffeine kick too. Thanks for the suggestions above. I think I’ll be looking for the Tazo Wild Sweet Orange..it sounds wonderful!

  2. Jessica Harlow

    I agree, tea is like comfort in a cup! I love my java, but a hot cup of tea has therapeutic benefits for me. I think I’d love a cup of Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile!

  3. Kathy Haan

    MMMMmmm I love tea! I distinctly remember my mom making several London Fogs every single day and forgetting ’em in the microwave. I’d sneak in there and drink ’em and that’s how I prefer to make my tea!

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