On those days when nothing seems to be going right, a calming cup of herbal tea can help you find a moment of peace. Discover the best herbal teas to drink when you’re having a bad day.
Sometimes, when things seem to be falling apart around us and nothing is going right, it is the small things that help us hold ourselves together and face the day.
We all have days like this from time to time. Days that are hard, stressful, and challenging. And on those days, we all need a little more care and comfort. Simple things, like a warm bath, your favourite comedy show, soft pyjamas, and a snuggly blanket, can give you the sense of calm you need to be able to cope.
One of our favourite ways to reset and recharge on bad days is with a warming cup of delicious herbal tea. According to mental health charity, Mind, even the ritual of making tea – choosing the blend, boiling the kettle, feeling the warmth of the tea soaking through the mug to your hands – can help to ground us when things feel tough.
On top of this gentle sense of warmth and comfort, some herbs offer us extra support on bad days. These are herbs that help us relax, cope with stress, and find calm again.
So, if you’re having one of those days, we hope our list of the best herbal teas to drink when you’re having a bad day will help.
Chamomile contains a flavonoid called apigenin, which helps to calm stress and anxiety, as well as give us a better night’s sleep. A nervine, chamomile is one of a group of herbs that help to restore a sense of balance to our nervous system.
Lavender is most famous for its warm and comforting scent, but this herb can also be dried and drunk as a tea.
A natural sedative, lavender helps to calm and relax our bodies and minds when we’re feeling under pressure. It’s a mood stabiliser, and research suggests that it can have a noticeable effect on depression and anxiety too.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, and its refreshing, uplifting flavour makes it a welcome addition to any herbal tea blend.
Like chamomile, lemon balm is a nervine and helps us to find balance and calm on a bad day. The Herbal Academy recommend it as part of their herbal self-care for stress management for this very reason.
At the end of a hard day, we love to get the benefits of chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm in one cup. So, one of our go-to herbal teas to drink on a bad day is NutraRelax, our premium blend aimed at calming your mind and helping you find peace before bed.
When everything feels like it’s piling on top of you, ashwagandha is a great option to have in your herbal toolkit. One of the essential herbs used in Ayurveda, ashwagandha is an adaptogen, helping your mind and body cope with stress.
Not only is it an effective stress reliever, but ashwagandha also helps to boost your cognition, improve your concentration, and raise your energy levels.
Like ashwagandha, ginseng is an adaptogen. Indeed, it plays a similar role in Traditional Chinese Medicine to the one ashwagandha plays in Ayurveda.
Used as a tonic for health and vitality, ginseng helps to lift your mood, fight fatigue, and boost your concentration. When you’re having a bad day, ginseng can give you the positive energy you need to turn it around.
A third adaptogen to have by you on bad days is rhodiola. This mountain herb has been used in Scandinavia and Russia for centuries to treat fatigue, boost energy levels, and help people cope with stress.
If you are feeling stressed and burnt out, rhodiola might help to lift your mood and give you the energy to cope. Research shows that it is also effective against depression and causes fewer side effects than antidepressants.
When you need a boost of energy to get you through to the end of a trying day, ashwagandha, ginseng, and rhodiola are great allies to call upon. We combine all three of these adaptogenic herbs in NutraBoost, our herbal tea designed to combat fatigue and support vitality.