Calm Your Mind with Chamomile, Ginger, Mint, and More Herbal Ingredients.
It may feel like stress and anxiety are an intractable part of everyday existence. But with the dawn of 2021 and an opportunity to turn over a new leaf, why accept unrelenting tension as part of your daily routine?
Make your New Year’s resolution to be proactive about stress relief — whether that means getting more sleep, meditating regularly, or taking a moment each day to center yourself with tea time. Indeed, many of Smith’s teas incorporate potent herbs believed to soothe frayed nerves. Take the recently launched Wellness Collection, for instance. “Every tea in this line has adaptogenic ingredients, which are known to help the body cope with stress and reduce the ill effects that stress can cause,” explains Ravi Kroesen, Smith’s head teamaker.
So, when you start to feel your jaw tighten and shoulders hunch, or you just can’t quiet your mind, we recommend reaching for any of these anxiety-allaying teas. Your body and mind will thank you.
Stress-busting ingredients: Ashwagandha, chamomile, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm.
Best for: Helping you relax before bed.
Getting a good night’s sleep is harder than ever these days — that’s why Smith developed this Wellness Collection elixir featuring a trove of insomnia-battling herbs that have been used in traditional and Ayurvedic medicine for millennia. Lullaby’s star adaptogen is ashwagandha, which studies have shown may reduce both feelings of anxiety and levels of cortisol (the “fight or flight” hormone that surges in times of stress). Other rest- and relaxation-promoting ingredients include chamomile, lavender, and lemongrass; lemon balm, meanwhile, is often employed as a mood enhancer. Best of all, Lullaby’s comforting and slightly sweet flavor profile makes it appealing to children and adults alike.
Stress-busting ingredients: Ginger, peppermint.
Best for: Comforting a weary mind and under-the-weather body.
Designed to help ease cold and flu symptoms, Soothe Sayer — part of Smith’s Wellness Collection — might also relieve tension, thanks to its key ingredients: ginger and peppermint. Both botanicals have long been used to support digestion and reduce inflammation, thereby alleviating common physical signs of stress. One study even suggested that ginger, an adaptogen containing numerous antioxidants, can boost serotonin and dopamine levels, leading to a heightened sense of well-being. Peppermint, meanwhile, is believed to relieve tension, and its invigorating aroma may uplift one’s mood.
Stress-busting ingredients: Chamomile, rooibos, hyssop.
Best for: Unwinding anytime.
Harnessing the time-honored calming powers of chamomile, Meadow is a delicious sip that helps you decompress after a hard day (or year, as the case may be). “We are very specific about the chamomile we choose,” Kroesen explains. “[It] comes from Egypt and has an apple-like flavor profile.” Meadow also incorporates hyssop, a purifying herb from the mint family that’s often used to increase circulation and, potentially, relax muscles. Some anecdotal evidence suggests that rooibos — another herbal ingredient in Meadow — might promote sleep, as well.
Stress-busting ingredients: Green tea, mint.
Best for: Meditation, yoga, or breaking through brain fog.
Few people reach for a caffeinated cup when they want to relax — but maybe more should consider it. That’s because most tea leaves contain L-theanine, an amino acid that’s associated with a relaxed yet focused state of mind. “Green teas are known to have more [L-theanine] because they aren’t as processed as, say, black tea,” notes Kroesen, who suggests drinking green tea about 20 or 30 minutes before sitting down to meditate. While Smith offers a wide variety of high-quality green teas, Fez incorporates a second fatigue-fighting ingredient — spearmint — to deliver a double dose of calm.
By Virginia Shannon