5 Hot Cups of Tea to Help You Chill Out

PTA meetings. Pumping at work. Waking up at 3am. Breastfeeding in public. Soccer practice. Common core math. Annual reviews. Pre-K applications.

While being a mom is one of the world’s most rewarding jobs, it’s also one of the most stressful.

Tea has been used for centuries in rituals, relaxation, and healing. Make your self care a daily ritual with a soothing blend–set aside a special mug, and take the time to sip and savor. When you find a moment in the busyness of your day to relax, take a break with a hot cup of one of these stress relieving teas.

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If the upcoming gifted and talented tests are making you super nervous or you’ve had a really trying week at the office, try ashwaganda.

Grown in Africa, India, and the Mediterranean, this adaptogen reduces the production of stress hormones. It’s helpful for moms with insomnia–no more laying awake checking off your mental to do list! Plus, this herb is also a powerful antioxidant, helping to clear your mind, treat high blood pressure, severe stress and nervous exhaustion.

Mix half a teaspoon of ashwaganda powder or leaves with a cup of boiling milk, steep for 15 minutes, then strain and enjoy.

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Anxious about tomorrow’s Mommy and Me class? Have a cup of passionflower.

First grown by Native Americans, passionflower contains the anti anxiety flavone chrysin. Steep dried herbs in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes before bedtime, and you’ll have a more restful sleep. A 2007 study found that the chrysin in passionflower works like the pharmaceutical Xanax–and is just as effective! In fact, passionflower caused less drowsiness.

If you just haven’t been in the mood, turn on some Marvin Gaye and get cozy with golden root.

Golden Root, Roseroot, or Rhodiola Rosea Root is another adaptogen that regulates mood, reduces anxiety, and increases energy and sex drive. Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD even recommends it to women experiencing menopause. “With hormonal changes, they have a loss of energy, they get a brain fog, they can’t multi-task well, their libido is down; they get depressed,” she says. After taking rhodiola rosea, women gain mental clarity, increased energy, and…bow chicka wow wow. “They’re very happy customers,” says Dr. Gerbarg.

Overdid it at Zumba? Chamomile can help.

This ancient herb soothes cramping, spasms, and sore muscles. Chamomile contains 36 different flavonoids, compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Add  3-4 tablespoons of dried chamomile to 8 ounces of boiling water and steep for 5 minutes to relieve the pain of shakin’ what your mama gave ya.

With anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties, chamomile can also help fight the common cold.

Pinterest recipe didn’t work out? Peppermint soothes upset tummies.

This fragrant tea is considered a stomach healer, helping to relieve the symptoms of  irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, stomach aches, diarrhea and constipation. Peppermint’s cooling carminative effects move gas through the body, fighting cramps, bloating, and indigestion. It’s also great for nausea and queasiness–but drinking peppermint tea during pregnancy can cause the uterus to relax, which can increase your risk of miscarriage.

Make self care a priority. Chill out with a hot cup of tea!

Have you tried any of these teas?


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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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