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Living in a culture dominated by stress, we begin to stand up for our peace. As modern consumers, we are mindful of the role foods and drinks play in cultivating a vibrant life. Non-functional options don't earn our trust anymore. Tea-one of the most loved beverages around the globe-is silently leading the functional beverage revolution by inspiring a life of consciousness. Namely "Relaxation Tea"-- a drink derived from plants that naturally calms and uplifts. Relaxation tea tastes earthy and sweet but also serves a greater purpose. It is healing, restorative, and sky-rocketing in popularity, helping us step out of the grind to take a breath and restore our bodies and minds.  

Millennials especially (age 23-38 as of 2019) are loving relaxation tea because it helps navigate and slow down a world turned on hyper-drive. 

Today, ready-to-drink (RTD) teas with naturally calming herbs and flowers have revolutionized classic tea. This new type of tea infuses plant extracts like valerian root, chamomile, and passionflower into drinks to ease anxiety, insomnia, and stress.  

Soda, meanwhile, makes our worries worse.  

What's in Relaxation Tea? 

Relaxation tea is often called herbal tea. It's made from a combination of tea leaves and healing herbs, flowers, spices, or other plant essence. Direct from soil to steeping.  

Getting technical, "tea" only includes black, green, white, and oolong leaves coming from the Camellia sinensis plant. Flavor and color variation result from how the leaves are crushed and dried.  

Teas made from flowers, plants, and roots are called "tisane" (tee-san)- a French word meaning "herbal infusion." Relaxation tea is a blend of tea and tisane, unifying the powers and flavors of both into one uplifting drink that gets you grounded and chill.  

This super-blend is saving us from the damages of chronic stress.  

Drinking Relaxation Tea is Really (Really) Beneficial 

Lots of plain "tea" is prosperous for your health, being naturally calorie-free with plant compounds with healthful benefits. Black tea, for instance, strengthens the mineral density of your bones, and a plant compound called catechins found in green supports the inflammatory response system.  

Still, the most impactful tea is herbal, hands-down.  

Tisanes are the real lion in the tea jungle, bringing the benefits of healing plants to our modern lives. Herbal infusions are grown from the earth and naturally caffeine-free to help the body unwind and the mind press pause on chatter and fear.  

If you aren't a believer in the plant power, open your mind and try relaxation tea, because Americans are the most stressed-out people in the world.  

Chronic and occasional stress derails wellbeing. When stressed-out, your passion for life dims and you lose grip on your sense of self. The anxiety produced can lead to digestion troubles, poor sleep, teeth grinding, and that's just the surface.  

Anxiety is the most common mental distress in this country, and it's hurting our communities. Some of the kindest, brilliant minds in history suffered from anxiety and got through the darkness by finding healthy ways to relax.  

The 21st century often feels scaffolded to keep us from relaxing. Studies show Americans don't even chill out on vacation, keeping up with work from afar. We worry about doing it all: being recognized for our work, loved by family, and accepted by the community. So we overwhelm our schedules with errands, clock long hours in the office, and when it's finally time to stand still and relax, we can't. Our bodies fidget and minds race. After consuming so much information and bearing the pressures of daily life, we need help winding down.  

Brain-health experts say "downtime" is essential. When we give our minds and bodies a break, "resting-state network" and "default mode network" fire up to process and heal.  

But we must make downtime a priority. Drinking relaxation tea is a way to challenge the belief that we need to grind ourselves into the ground to succeed and be happy. Don't believe it for a second.  

When you step out of the hustle to destress with herbal tea -paying attention to the taste, the breath as you slowly drink-you actively rest and reset your power. A blend of calming herbs induces relaxation so you can enjoy this moment.  

As the mind wanders aimlessly, it encourages productivity, creativity, memory, and information retention. We reflect on the past, solidify our moral compass, and strengthen our sense of self.  

When we are relaxed, we experience moments of introspection, solutions to complex problems, and grow compassion and love.  

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The Best Calming Herbs 

  • Chamomile 

Taste: Light, sweet, apple, floral  

Your first introduction to chamomile might have been as a child with Sleepytime Tea, but its use for healing dates back to ancient Egypt. One of the most popular flowers in stress-relieving drinks, chamomile looks like an ordinary daisy you'd find in the forest, but has great calming benefits. Long-term use has been tested and proven safe.   

  • Valerian Root 

Taste: Woodsy, musky, pungent  

Not to be confused with "Valyrian Steel" from Game of Thrones (although pronounced the same), valerian root is the real "sleepy time" herb, often paired with other botanicals and flowers to induce calmness and remedy insomnia. The perennial plant is native to Europe and Asia and prepared for tea by grounding the dried root into an extract. 

  • Lemon Balm 

Taste: Bright, refreshing, strong, sweet, citrus, minty  

A cousin in the mint family, lemon balm is not actually a lemon (or a balm) but a herbaceous leaf with a fresh and citrusy aroma. Lemon Balm and other herbs like valerian and passionflower increase GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)- vital neurotransmitters that relax the mind and quiet brain activity for restfulness. Studies show lemon balm extract helps ease mild anxiety and sleeplessness, without messing with clarity of mind. For over 2,000 years, lemon balm has been taken to supercharge memory and brain function.   

  • Passionflower 

Taste: Green, grassy, mild  

First grown in the 18th century by the Aztecs, Incas, and people native to South America, passionflower is a mighty healthful plant in modern application. Studies link passionflower to better sleep quality, and eased anxiety. Filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients, passionflower promotes GABA production. Passionflower is blessed with calming properties without chemical side effects.   

  • Hops 

Taste: Earthy, bitter, spicy, woodsy  

Hops, like crisp beer! Combined with other herbal infusions like valerian root, hops improve sleep quality and lower body temperature. A paper in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research pointed to hops' joint support, meaning you can surf, hike, and groove all day before taking this herb. This little bitter flower also has antioxidant properties. 

  • Other popular plants, roots, and flowers in relaxation teas include Turmeric, Rose, Peppermint, Ginseng, and Licorice.  

chamomile facts

History of Relaxation Tea 

Infusing hot water with herbs started with the first human tribes as a natural, traditional medicine. Pulling from the unprocessed earth, early herbal teas were steeped by physicians and healers in ancient Egypt, China, and Greece.  

Along with its medicinal use, relaxation tea has always been tied to expansion of the mind and spirit. Herbal remedies were trusted to insight metaphysical meditation, connect one with ancestors and traditions, and stimulate the mind to expand and purify.  

This came long before researchers proved the connection between herbs and stress-reduction, brain function, and mindfulness.  

Fast-forward to the 1980s and herbal tea hit its first modern boom, inspired by fruit-infused teas. Regular people became everyday tea drinkers as a result of increased awareness in personal health-a trend still propelling tea today.  

Caring for our health means mass consumption and extreme flavors hold less value. Today we want tea with ancient healing traits packaged for modern schedules.  

Relaxation Tea 2.0  

Tea is burning up right now. Even when it's iced.  

Despite living in a culture emphasizing longer office hours and technology that disconnects us from our minds, bodies, and tribes, people are seeking drinks that have healthful properties that promote wellbeing.   

People around the world are uniting to enjoy relaxation tea, thanks to its convenience and enhanced taste. Relaxation tea drinkers are lively rebels who want to celebrate life, forget worry, and judge not. Herbal tea connects its drinker with the powers of nature, opening up a portal amid the hum and buzz of phones and email, rendering an almost spiritual practice.  

Relaxation tea, unlike sodas and energy drinks, promote authenticity- of earth and its marvels, and of ourselves. That's why RTD tea was a $10.7 billion-dollar industry in 2018 and is looking skyward for 2019.   

We desire teas that help with everyday ailments, from better digestion to sustained energy, and tranquil sleep. Grocery stores are renovating stale tea aisles and the brightest companies in the category are finding ways to can and bottle stress-relief tea without losing the freshness and potency of natural ingredients.  

For example, chamomile is being blended with lemon balm and valerian root over green tea for a canned drink that bursts with botanicals and functional herbs even after living on the shelf.  

Modern herbal tea is a beautiful beast.  

Side Effects 

Mainstream brands have tested herbal dosing to protect tea drinkers from negative side effects. This tea is about being mellow and mindful, not sedated. The scientific world is pushing to collect more research on herbal remedies so lab-based findings can connect empirical data to word-of-mouth benefits celebrated over a millennium.  

Right now, every plant, flower, or root used for tea infusions does come with a panel of possible side effects. Individuals with health concerns like low blood pressure should jam with a doctor first. Relaxation tea also doesn't vibe well with alcohol.   

Be open to starting with small portions and trying different relaxation teas. Soon you'll find the perfect mellow mix that makes you at ease on this beautiful earth.