After A LOT of research on different kinds of teas, I chose to experiment with Lavender, Camomile, Peppermint, and Lemon Balm herbal tea. Those teas piqued my interest because there seemed to be some evidence that they actually can have an effect on someone’s emotional/physical state. Also, Lavender, Camomile, Peppermint, and Lemon Balm have desirable effects that everyone would enjoy.
Once I finally decided on the teas, I split them up into 2 categories: Stress relieving tea (peppermint and lemon balm), and tea that causes drowsiness (lavender and camomile). Since I don’t want people to possible feel extra tired in the morning, I had my testers drink those teas at night.
How the tea works:
Lemon Balm tea helps reduce cortisol (a hormone caused by stress) and it makes people feel more relaxed without being drowsy.
Peppermint tea contains Menthol which is a muscle relaxer that helps stave off stress.
Inhaling lavender oil has shown to reduce anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness.
Linalool and linalyl acetate are said to, “blunt the central nervous system, resulting in feelings of calm and relaxation.”
In Chamomile flowers there are compounds called flavonoids, that bind to receptors in the brain. Studies show that Chamomile has, “the ability to depress the central nervous system.” And that’s what makes Chamomile tea induce sleep!
When these teas are consumed in a reasonable amount, they will have positive effects on your physical and emotional wellbeing.
If an individual consumes a cup of peppermint or lemon balm tea, they should feel more relaxed 30 minutes after drinking. If an individual consumes a cup of lavender or chamomile tea, they should feel drowsy after 30 minutes.