Stress can have a big impact on your life, effecting your sleep, your mood, your health, all which can eventually take its toll on your face. Leaving it looking dull and creating deep wrinkles or “frown lines”. To help with this, there are hundreds of herbs that can be added to teas to help combat stress and improve your mood and nights rest.
Here are a few of our favourites.
This herb is most commonly used for insomnia whilst also helping relieve tensions, stress or anxiety. Users have reported that using this herb has resulted in a deeper and more refreshing night’s sleep if drank one hour before retiring to bed.
Be cautious, as Valerian is considered a particularly strong herbal remedy, you shouldn’t take it more than three months at a time. To feel the real beneficial effects, give the herb two to three weeks to really kick in.
Beauty Pillow Tip: The herb can taste bitter and musky, we suggest blending it with other nicely flavoured herbs to improve consumption.
2. Lemon Balm
This plant has a calming and soothing effect on your system. It has shown to give great results for mood lifting and alleviating feelings of sadness. Lemon balm can perfectly be combined with valerian or any other calming and soothing herb such as chamomile and hop. This will enhance the relaxed feeling on your nervous and digestive system.
Chamomile tea is a very popular herb due to the multiple health benefits it provides. The tea works as a natural sedative and is safe for kids to use too. The apple-like scented flowers are used to infuse your tea with a delicious aroma that sooths mind, body and spirit.
Beauty Pillow Tip: Be cautious, Chamomile is made up of the whole flower, therefore can cause an allergic reaction to those sensitive to pollen.
4. St John’s Wort
With a long history of medicinal use, this flower is more commonly known for its anti-depressant and mood lifting effects. It has a great tendency to alleviate night terrors in children and is often used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
It contains hypericin that is responsible for boosting your mood and hyperforin which prevents the breakdown of serotonin, a feel good hormone that keeps your brain in balance. The melatonin on the other hand enhances a healthy sleep.
Much like when you take it to alleviate anxiety or depressions that it takes 2-3 weeks to have any major effect.
Beauty Pillow Tip: Make sure you don’t take it with other anti-depressants.
Jasmine flowers have an age old tradition of being associated with beauty. Their fragrance intoxicates and enhances the senses. This herbal tea has the power to calm and arouse making it great anytime of the day. Traditionalists might like to mix Jasmin Flowers with Sencha Green Tea or you could mix it with other blends to add aroma and taste. A highly enjoyable cup of tea.