Category: Intuitive Connections Written by Diane Katherine
As you know, here on my blog, I like to write articles about how to make life easier for an Empath, and how to combat the emotions they often have to deal with.
One of those ways is by sipping a lovely cup of healing char.
Teas that calm your soul and soothe your emotions have so many benefits for an Empath.
Because, let’s face it, one problem that comes with Empath life is having heightened or erratic emotions. (Especially after what we’ve all been through these past two years.)
Heightened emotions can lead to all sorts of health issues, especially of the adrenal glands (endocrine glands that produce the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol).
When the adrenals get overactivated, by too much stress, it can cause a whole host of mental and physical problems, as well as autoimmune conditions…
Increased cortisol can also lead to weight gain (hello pot belly), without you having to overeat. Which is made all the worse if you drink coffee with caffeine.
So, anything we can do to help soothe our emotions, naturally, is a big bonus for all-round wellbeing (and for our waistline). And this is where herbal teas come in…
Nature gave us many of the things we need to heal, or find calm in life, in the way of herbs and spices. Too often, when on the hunt for a ‘quick-fix’, we overlook these powerful healers.
Drinking more herbal tea not only increases your water intake (water being another great one for soothing emotions), but it gives you the healing benefits of the herbal infusion at the same time.
Although I am about to share 11 exceptional soothing teas, I have two favourites: Chamomile and Valerian.
Chamomile is so lovely and comforting as a tea; its calming effects can be felt within ten to fifteen minutes after consumption.
Valerian is the same, although too much drank through the day can make you feel a bit sleepy, but it is great for soothing the emotions.
One of the problems with the most beneficial herbal teas is they might not have the best flavour. A way I have found to overcome this is by mixing them with other teas or natural flavourings that I like the flavour of.
I actually don’t mind the flavour of Chamomile, so I’m happy to drink it alone (usually 2 teabags per cup). Valerian, however, does not have the most pleasant aroma or taste. So, I mix it with lemon and ginger, which makes it more palatable. Cinnamon is also good flavour infuser.
When it comes to purchasing teas, a little advice, buy a small amount first.
Herbal teas can be expensive. The last thing you want is to buy in bulk before trying, because you may not like the taste, no matter what you mix it with, or the herb might not agree with your system.
I often buy from independent retailers on eBay, who sell sample sizes. This way, I get to see how a certain tea suits my body and mind before purchasing more.
Brewing Your Herbal Tea
Depending on whether you are using loose teas or a teabag, there are numerous ways you can brew your herbal teas: A mug, a pan on the stove, a teapot or an infuser (container that allows you to put loose tea herbs in).
I have a little teapot that has its own infuser, which ensures the loose herbs don’t get mixed in with the water. The teapot also keeps the water hot whilst the teas blend and brew. The tea infuser can be removed when the desired strength is achieved, but I tend to leave mine in.
I find the longer the tea is brewed, the more potent the brew. But sometimes, a few minutes is all that is needed to get the calming benefits of the herbal tea.
Although the following teas have numerous healing benefits, I’m mainly listing their soothing qualities for an Empath. So, without further ado, here’s your list of emotion calming teas:
- Valerian Tea
Valerian is often used as a sleep aid. It is known to help with anxiety and for soothing stress-induced headaches. It is also brilliant for relaxing tense muscles (a problem many Empaths suffer with), which in turn calms the sympathetic nervous system (read more here). Valerian is also perfect for calming ‘wired’ emotions.
- Chamomile Tea
As well as having incredibly calming and sedative qualities, chamomile is known to help with an upset stomach, which many Empaths suffer with after experiencing too much emotional energy, and many other ailments. It contains an antioxidant called apigenin that is known to induce sleep, which makes it perfect if you are a creative night-time thinker, and are kept awake by your active mind.
- Holy Basil Tea
Holy basil is a herb that has several medicinal uses. It is particularly well-known for its benefits for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). More and more studies are showing that it improves physical, metabolic and psychological stress. It is often used for boosting mental health and for balancing stress hormones. A perfect tea for an Empath who easily picks up the stress from others.
- Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon Balm has been used traditionally for many years to improve mood and boost brain power. It is believed to work by boosting GABA, a neurotransmitter that reduces stress. Lemon Balm is often used to treat depression and anxiety. It has also been used as a sleep aid.
- Ginseng Tea
Ginseng is another great all-round herb, used for several disorders of the body and mind. It is also used to calm stress and anxiety. It is known to help reduce the effects of stress and fatigue. Ginseng is also known to benefit brain function. Which is great for an Empath if they are suffering with a bout of brain fog that has been brought on from too much people energy.
- Lavender Tea
Lavender is well-known for its calming and sedative effects. Lavender is a great allrounder for both body and mind of an Empath, and great for soothing anxiety or stressed emotions.
- Passionflower Tea
Passionflower is a herb that is popular as a sleep aid, (especially good when combined with Valerian). Passionflower is native to North America, yet is now grown throughout Europe. Drank as tea, it is calming and soothing to the emotions, and supports relaxation.
- Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is known to heal anxiety symptoms or stress-induced emotions. It also offers an uplift if you are feeling drained from Empath fatigue. Peppermint is known to contain antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is often used for digestive upset. Which is great for those Empaths who experience stomach disturbances, such as IBS, due to experiencing stressed emotions. (Be careful if you have excess stomach acid, or gastritis, as it can aggravate it.)
- Ashwagandha Tea
Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic herb known to combat stress and fatigue. it is believed to be especially good for those who have a nervous disposition. Ashwagandha is adaptogenic and is often used to reduce inflammation in the body that could have been brought on by stress. It is known to lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone that is often raised in Empaths) and improves mood.
- Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is rich in the anti-inflammatory compound curcumin. It is known to be a great all-round healer. It has been used to treat anxiety and depression but is good to use to soothe anxious emotions. Empaths will benefit from regularly drinking turmeric tea or taking it in supplement form to keep their emotions, and thus health, in check.
- Liquorice Tea
Liquorice comes with many benefits, not least for relieving pain, stress and depression. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety and is good to soothe the emotions. Which makes it perfect for an Empath who experiences more than their fair share. Liquorice has been shown to increase the relaxing benefits of Valerian. It has a sweet flavour and can be used to make other stress-busting teas more palatable.
You may also find this post on Essential Oils of interest.
Hope this helps on your Empath journey.
Until next time
Diane lives in Manchester, UK. She spent the past twenty years researching everything from human anatomy to the law of attraction. She is a qualified colour and crystal therapist, massage therapist, reflexologist, aromatherapist, healing practitioner, yoga and meditation teacher, and has done in-depth research into diet and nutrition and how it affects Sensitive people.. ©Diane Kathrine
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