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The 5 Best Teas for Anxiety and Stress – ArtfulTea

Tea can be a great way to introduce a little moment of zen into your daily routine. With everything from classic chamomile to meditative matcha, our teas are a perfect fit to soothe the nerves and promote relaxation and well-being. Teas for anxiety include mint teas, chamomile teas, lavender teas, rose teas, and matcha.


Top Stress-Relief Teas

  1. Mint teas

    Our pick: Sing Your Song Organic Herbal Tea

  2. Chamomile teas

    Our pick: Egyptian Chamomile Organic Herbal Tea

  3. Lavender teas

    Our pick: Lavender Lullaby Organic Herbal Tea

  4. Rose teas

    Our pick: Rose Petal Raspberry Herbal Tea

  5. Matcha

    Our pick: Mizuki Matcha

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Mint Teas

Mint teas are full of relaxing effects, helping to soothe the body and calm the mind. Our Lemon Mint Menage is a is a smooth organic black tea blend with bright minty notes and the refreshing taste of lemongrass, making it a perfect option for a soothing, uplifting morning cup. Morroccan Mint, a blend of the finest Chinese gunpowder tea and exceptional quality spearmint, is another perennial favorite.

Looking for a mint tea without the caffeine? Peppermint makes a calm, soothing herbal tea, perfect for unwinding in the evening. Our Lavender Mint tea blends two aromatic and soothing herbs for a fresh, lightly floral cup that tastes great hot and makes a superb iced tea. Sing Your Song, famed for its throat-soothing properties, blends peppermint, organic lemongrass, organic cardamom pods, organic dried ginger pieces, and organic licorice root for a mint tea with a touch of sweetness and spice. And Alice’s Peppermint Party, one of our most popular herbals, blends peppermint and ginger with apples, almonds, hibiscus, and rose for a soothing, mint-forward cup.

2. Chamomile Teas

Chamomile is well-known for its relaxing properties, and makes a soothing, aromatic cup of tea perfect for any time of day. Our Egyptian Chamomile is made with the highest quality chamomile available, and the large, fragrant flower heads make for a sweet and floral cup that’s perfect for soothing the body and mind. For an extra treat, enjoy it with a dollop of honey! Our Lavender Lullaby, meanwhile, blends chamomile with lavender, rose petals, sweet orange peel, and calendula petals in a handcrafted organic herbal infusion that helps to sooth away the day and promote more peaceful rest.

3. Lavender Teas

Lavender is another herb that has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation, making it a soothing addition to many of our teas and herbal infusions. Earl Grey Lavender blends black tea, oil of bergamot, and Provence lavender for a floral cup with a touch of spice, perfect for an afternoon tea.

ArtfulTea also carries a wide variety of herbal blends containing lavender. Lavender Mint is an herbal powerhouse, blending lavender and mint, both famed for their relaxing, soothing properties. And Lavender Lullaby is a custom blend full of lavender, chamomile, rose petals, sweet orange peel, and calendula petals that has been specially crafted to promote rest and relaxation. A light, floral blend reminiscent of a sunny meadow in Tuscany, Tuscan Sun blends lavender, apple pieces, linden blossoms, lemon balm, rose petals, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, and blue mallow blossoms for a soothing, restorative cup.

4. Rose Teas

Used for centuries in everything from rose water to essential oils, rose petals have been shown to have a potent relaxing effect. Midnight Rose is a mellow blend of quality Chinese black and organic rose petals for an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character.

Looking for an herbal tea with roses? Rose Petal Raspberry blends rose petals, hibiscus, lemon peel, rose hips, and apple pieces for a sweet, tart tea that’s perfect to unwind with at the end of the day. Lavender Lullaby is a truly relaxing blend, mixing rose petals with chamomile, lavender, and other herbs well-known for their ability to calm and soothe. Our Tuscan Sun blends rose petals as well as lavender, apple pieces, linden blossoms, lemon balm, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, and blue mallow blossoms for a calming floral cup of tea. Green Rooibos with Blossom, meanwhile, blends South African green rooibos and rose petals, sunflower petals, freeze-dried blueberries, and cornflower petals for a mild, slightly sweet tea full of relaxing properties.

5. Matcha

Most teas made from the camellia sinensis plant contain some amount of l-theanine, a unique amino acid that promotes relaxation and stress relief. In particular, matcha has even higher levels of L-theanine than other teas, the result of the shaded growth period the tea undergoes before harvest. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine is known for producing a calm, meditative state and what matcha enthusiasts often refer to as a body high.

Here at ArtfulTea we carry a range of matcha products, from our highest grade ceremonial matcha, to culinary grade matcha for use in lattes, smoothies, and baked goods, and even matcha that you can take with you on the go!

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Is green tea good for anxiety?

Green tea can help soothe anxiety thanks to the presence of l-theanine, which can increase feelings of calm and relaxation. Green tea does contain caffeine, so you should enjoy it in moderation if you’re feeling stressed.

Does chamomile tea help with anxiety?

Chamomile tea is a good way to help soothe symptoms of anxiety. A cup of chamomile tea can help you to relax and unwind.

How much l-theanine is in green tea?

Green teas contain an average of 6.56 milligrams of l-theanine per gram of tea. However, the l-theanine content present in green tea can vary significantly between different teas, with shade grown green teas containing substantially more l-theanine.

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6 Best Teas for Everyday Anxiety and Stress

I can't drink coffee. As someone who has had anxiety the majority of my life, I've never been able to tolerate caffeinated beverages well -- they give me jitters. According to Harvard Medical School, the caffeine from coffee can mimic anxiety symptoms, making any baseline anxiousness even worse.

Luckily, tea became my coffee substitute. Herbal and decaffeinated teas are perfect for my body to handle and even ease some of my symptoms. Now, I drink a cup of tea in the morning and at night to manage my anxiety and stress. You can too.

This curated list took into account the best brands and selections of teas with ingredients that have been scientifically tested to ease stress and anxiety. I considered customer reviews, price, ingredients and my own experience. Here are the best teas for anxiety and stress. 


Tazo Refresh Mint Tea

Best overall tea for anxiety and stress

Ingredients: Peppermint, spearmint and tarragon 

Tazo is one of the top tea brands on the market and one of my personal favorites. Not only does it produce quality caffeinated teas, but it also offers plenty of non-caffeinated and herbal tea selections. 

Tazo's Refresh Mint tea is an infusion of peppermint, spearmint and a little tarragon. Mint is a natural anxiety and stress aid. A pilot study on peppermint, in particular, suggests mint tea also enhances memory and improves sleep quality. 

This tea comes in a pack of six, and each box contains 20 tea bags. 

  • For the best brewing: boil water (212 degrees Fahrenheit), pour a cup of water over the tea bag and let steep for five minutes.  

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Buddha Teas Organic Passionflower Tea

Best tea for insomnia

Ingredients: Organic passionflower 

Buddha Teas uses clean ingredients, unbleached tea bags, 100% recycled and recyclable cartons, no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or GMOs. Its organic passionflower tea is also non-caffeinated. 

Passionflower is a powerful yet natural sleep aid. Recent studies suggest that it has the potential to treat sleep disorders that are often associated with anxiety, such as insomnia. However, consult a doctor if you are pregnant or nursing, as passionflower may be unsuitable for you. 

Each Buddha Teas box comes with 18 tea bags. 

  • For the best brewing: boil water, pour over the tea bag and let steep for three to five minutes.  

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Twinings Lemon and Ginger Tea

Best tea for multiple health benefits

Ingredients: Ginger root, natural lemon and ginger flavors, blackberry leaves, linden, lemon peel and lemon grass 

Twinings, a tea company based in London, has been providing tea products for over an impressive 300 years. Its quality teas are often moderately priced. Twinings Lemon and Ginger tea is described as zesty, warming and lightly spicy (due to the ginger).

Ginger root has many health benefits to the body. Ginger reduces anxiety -- in one study, ginger extract seemed to treat anxiety as effectively as Diazepam. It also serves as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and may even lower blood sugar in those with diabetes.  

One large box comes with 100 tea bags. 

  • For the best brewing: boil water, pour over the tea bag and let steep for four minutes. 

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Yogi Bedtime Tea

Best tea for sleep and relaxation

Ingredients: Organic passionflower extract, organic valerian root extract, organic licorice root, organic chamomile flower, organic spearmint leaf, organic skullcap leaf, organic cardamom pod, organic cinnamon bark, organic rose hip, organic lavender flower, organic stevia leaf and organic orange flavor. 

The Yogi brand is going to be the most expensive on this list. Yogi teas are all wellness-based -- meaning its teas are made with your health in mind, only ever using organic ingredients -- and offer products for cold season, immune support, detoxing and sleep. Each tea is USDA-certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and free of artificial flavors and sweeteners. Its Bedtime Tea is also caffeine-free.

Best enjoyed an hour before bed, Yogi Bedtime Tea relies on the natural sleep aids of passionflower, valerian root, chamomile, mint and cinnamon -- which cinnamon extract has shown to increase melatonin levels.

This pack of four comes with 16 tea bags each for a total of 64 tea bags. 

  • For the best brewing: boil water, pour over the tea bag and let steep for seven minutes. Use two tea bags for a stronger cup. 

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U.S. Wellness Naturals Lemon Balm Tea

Best tea for improving mood

Ingredients: Lemon balm cut and sifted

This bulk of loose leaf lemon balm is natural, organic and caffeine-free. The leaves come from the Republic of Serbia and are packaged in the US. Note that you will need a strainer to brew this tea, as it doesn't come in individual tea bags. 

Lemon balm is very similar to mint leaves, yet with a lemony smell and flavor. In addition to stress and anxiety, it is often used to ease depression and sleep conditions. Lemon balm aids in depression and mood by boosting GABA-T levels -- the neurotransmitter that soothes the body.

Additionally, this is the best bang for your buck -- one package is one pound of lemon balm leaves. One package can yield about 100 plus cups of tea, depending on how many teaspoons of herbs you add to one cup of water. 

  • For the best brewing: add 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried herb into a strainer. Bring water to boiling and add the strainer to the cup. Let steep for three to five minutes. 

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Bigelow Cozy Chamomile

Best tea for digestive health

Ingredients: Chamomile flowers

Bigelow, like Twining and Tazo, is a big brand name and has been producing tea for over 75 years. Bigelow offers teas that are gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and packaged in the US. The Cozy Chamomile tea is also naturally caffeine-free. 

Not only is this tea known for its calming properties, but chamomile also supports a healthy digestive system. It is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and research suggests that it may aid systems of diarrhea, nausea and stomach ulcers.

This tea comes in a pack of six, and each box contains 20 tea bags.

  • For the best brewing: boil a cup of water, pour over the tea bag and let steep for four minutes. 

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Teas for anxiety and stress FAQs

How do herbal teas help to reduce stress?

Herbal teas are warm, calming and often enjoyed while sitting down. Teas also have been shown to lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in a randomized double-blind study. Herbal teas also often include ingredients such as chamomile, lemon balm or mint that have been linked to relieving anxiety and stress.  

Is green tea good for stress and anxiety?

One cup of brewed green tea contains about 28 mg of caffeine, while a cup of coffee contains 96 mg. Depending on the amount of caffeine that your body can handle on top of lingering anxiety, this might be enough caffeine to exacerbate symptoms of anxiety. However, some studies have found green tea to ease stress and anxiety. Longer studies need to be done to fully support this claim.

What tea is good for anxiety and depression?

Mint, ginger, lemon balm, chamomile and other teas on this list have shown to help aid anxiety. However, lemon balm, specifically, has been used to ease depression symptoms and studies have shown promising results. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

Herbal teas to reduce stress

Hot tea soothes and reduces stress, energizing for the whole day. Sometimes stress accompanied by anxiety can take a toll on physical and mental health. Consider herbal teas that can help relieve stress and anxiety.

Melissa tea

Melissa officinalis belongs to the mint family. The herb is widely used to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia for its anti-stress and anxiolytic properties. Melissa lemon improves cognitive function, reduces stress and anxiety. nine0003

How to cook:

- add a tablespoon of dry lemon balm leaves to a glass of boiling water;

- boil for a few minutes, let stand for 5 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is known for its many health benefits. It has calming properties, can significantly reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and treats insomnia.


- add 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers to a glass of boiling water; nine0003

- infuse for 5 minutes, then strain and drink.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea is another effective herbal tea for relieving stress and anxiety. This is due to the menthol extract in mint working as a muscle relaxant that reduces stress and anxiety and treats insomnia.

How to prepare:

- boil water and add a mint tea bag to a cup;

- let steep for 3-4 minutes, then drink.

Lavender tea

Lavender has a mood stabilizing and sedative effect, as well as other health benefits such as reducing anxiety and treating insomnia. Preparation of tea:

- boil a glass of water, add 4 teaspoons of fresh lavender buds to the water;

- let steep for 10 minutes, then drink the tea.

Green Tea

Green Tea contains a higher concentration of an amino acid called L-theanine, which increases calming neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which help reduce stress and anxiety. A study found that green tea can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. nine0003

How to prepare:

- add a tablespoon of green tea leaves to a glass of boiling water;

- brew for 15 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Basil tea

Basil is a plant with strong medicinal properties used to treat various diseases. Drinking basil tea reduces symptoms of anxiety and stress due to its anti-stress and neuroprotective activity.

How to prepare:

- boil a glass of water, add basil leaves;

- brew for 10 minutes, then strain;

- drink tea warm.

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin, which has the ability to relieve chronic stress and anxiety by stimulating the release of two neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin.

Making tea:

- boil 4 cups of water, add 1-2 tsp. turmeric powder; nine0003

- simmer for 10 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Rose Tea

Roses have an enchanting floral scent that helps to relax the nerves, thereby reducing stress and anxiety.

How to prepare:

- select fresh rose petals;

- boil 3 cups of water, add some fresh rose petals;

- brew for 5 minutes, then strain;

- add honey for flavor and drink. nine0003

Rosemary tea

Rosemary is a fragrant herb with many medicinal properties. It can help improve cognitive function by activating the parts of the brain that are responsible for stress and anxiety, thereby boosting your mood.

Preparing tea:

- boil water in a saucepan, add a teaspoon of rosemary leaves;

- let the tea brew for 5-10 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Fennel tea

Fennel is a medicinal plant with a range of health benefits. Not only is it widely used as a spice in various dishes, but it also relieves stress and anxiety. Fennel is effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in postmenopausal women.


- add tsp. fennel seeds;

- brew for 5-10 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Linden tea

Linden blossom tea is another great stress and anxiety reliever. This flower has sedative properties that can help bring relief from stress and anxiety.


- add 2-3 teaspoons of linden flowers to a glass of hot water, leave for 15 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Valerian Root Tea

Valerian Root contains isovaleric acid, valerenic acid and antioxidants that reduce anxiety and promote better sleep. Drinking valerian root tea will help bring a sense of relaxation and calmness. nine0003

Preparation of tea:

- add 2-3 g of valerian root to a glass of hot water;

- let it brew for 10-15 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Licorice root tea

Licorice root is mainly used as a sweetener in drinks and candies. It is known for various health benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety. Licorice root enhances feel-good neurotransmitters, which reduces anxiety. nine0003

How to cook:

- add a glass of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil;

- add a tablespoon of licorice root powder and stir;

- leave to brew for 20 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Chrysanthemum tea

Chrysanthemum reduces symptoms of anxiety. It has a cooling and calming effect on the mind and body, which can help relieve anxiety.
How to make tea:

- boil water, add a few chrysanthemum flowers to it; nine0003

- let it brew for 2-4 minutes.

Sage Tea

Sage has a rich taste, aroma and antioxidants that bring a feeling of relaxation and reduce anxiety. It relaxes muscles and fights stress.
Method of preparation:

- add 1 tbsp. l. dry sage leaves;

- let it brew for a few minutes;

- strain and drink.

Jasmine tea

Jasmine flowers have a relaxing fragrance. The anti-stress and sedative properties of jasmine have the ability to reduce anxiety symptoms and relieve stress. nine0159 How to cook:

- add 1-2 tsp to a glass of water. jasmine flowers;

- brew for 5-10 minutes;

- strain and drink.

Most herbal teas should be consumed in small doses. Check with your doctor before using them as they can have serious side effects.

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In our rapidly changing and constantly stressful world, it is hardly possible to avoid stress. Fortunately, we have ways to deal with it, such as calming herbal teas.

Physical stress on the body, unhealthy diet, environmental impacts and daily difficulties - stress is all around us and can be detrimental to our mental, physical and emotional well-being. nine0003

In fact, being in stress mode, the body cannot enter the mode of rest and relaxation, which normalizes digestion, mood and sleep patterns. The more time we spend stressed, the less energy our body devotes to digestion, mood balance, and sleep. What's more, high levels of cortisol and other stress hormones are released during stress mode, which can lead to imbalances throughout the body and contribute to the development of a number of diseases.

The human body was originally designed to deal with a small amount of stress. In small amounts, cortisol can also be beneficial - it's what helps us get up in the morning and work throughout the day. Thus, the fight against stress does not involve its complete elimination, but minimization to a certain extent and regulation.

Sometimes the issue of stress reduction is solved by eliminating the stress factor from life directly - giving up difficult relationships, unloved work, etc. Of course, it also happens that there is no opportunity to eliminate the stress factor, and then it remains only to simplify and optimize what you can to control. nine0003

In other cases, stress is the result of factors such as diet, sleep, and exercise. A diet full of processed foods, lack of sleep and lack of exercise really have a negative impact on the human body. In cases like this, it's about prioritizing your life: eating whole foods, setting a sleep schedule, and setting aside time for physical activity. Yes, it can also be difficult, but it is necessary!

You don't have to live according to a perfect schedule and give up all unhealthy habits to deal with stress. The main thing is to eliminate from life what has obvious negative effects, and maximize what makes you feel better. There are only 24 hours in a day, and we need to understand our limits. Make time for things that make you happy, whether it's sleep, yoga, sports, meeting up with friends, or little pleasant rituals like having a cup of herbal tea in the evenings. nine0003

Drinking herbal tea is not only a pleasant ritual, but also a truly effective way to relieve stress. Natural herbs can have a truly incredible effect on our body, both externally and internally.

Stress relief is one of the many properties of herbs. However, it is important to understand that the effects of herbal teas do not appear overnight, and for the most effective stress management, herbal teas should be combined with a healthy lifestyle. nine0003

There are hundreds of herbs and herbal combinations used to improve various aspects of health. Some help you relax, some help you sleep, some help with headaches, and so on...

There are a number of herbs that are suitable for stress relief, but for now we want to offer you one of the effective 5 herbs that minimize stress and help the body adapt to it.

Chamomile - relaxes the nerves, promotes restful sleep.

Lavender - like chamomile, relaxes the nerves and promotes restful sleep. In addition, numerous studies have shown that lavender reduces anxiety and pain.

Melissa officinalis - helps in cases where stress or anxiety affects digestion, and also has a beneficial effect on the nervous system.

Tulsi or holy basil - balances the nervous system, and also has relaxing and invigorating properties.

Eleutherococcus senticosus - Helps increase physical and mental stamina as well as a healthy immune system.

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