The Octavia Tea Guide: Natural Remedies for Stress and Depression

With the election chaos and the holidays knocking on our doorsteps, many of us need to find a heathy way to deal with stress – here are a few of our favorite teas to help you relax and unwind….

Green and White Tea: Theanine for Stress Relief

Tea is already known to be packed with good stuff from anti-oxidants to metabolic enhancements, but we wanted to focus on an aspect of tea that is often over-looked, and that is that tea is shown to help fight stress and depression. It does this through the synthesis of a little-known organic compound known as Theanine.

Theanine, not to be confused with Thiamine (vitamin B1), is an amino acid extract produced by Camellia Sinensis (common green tea). It is a mild psychoactive compound which has been the subject of many studies and is highly regarded within tea drinking cultures for its ability to induce states of relaxation and provides relief from stress and anxiety. The standard dose of Theanine within a cup of tea ranges from 8-24 mg.

How Does Theanine Work

The studies show that Theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier intact and stimulates the production of Serotonin, Dopamine, and GABA, and this results in increased frequency of Alpha brainwaves which contributes to promoting states of mental stimulation, relaxation, and contentedness. Some dietitians believe that Theanine is directly responsible for reversing the buildup of Cortisol, the chemical compound that causes us stress and unease.

Theanine is also shown to have a synergistic relationship with caffeine and reduces some of the negative effects caused by caffeine. Theanine has also been proven to be much more effective within the presence of caffeine which can lead to a state called ‘tea drunkenness‘ that leaves one feeling happy and blissful.

For more information about Theanine, read the “World of Tea” Article on it Here.

Zen Super Green Tea is a blend of Sencha and Matcha with a high Theanine content. As a blog writer and taster for Octavia, I personally notice that this tea has nearly immediate effects on my well-being. I find it stimulating and focusing with undertones of bliss and contentedness.

FDA Theanine Regulations

The FDA generally recognizes that Theanine is safe for daily consumption, however it warns that no more than 1200 mg of Theanine should be consumed a day and at doses no more than 250 mg. Adverse reactions from the over-consumption of Theanine may induce a state of over-stimulation and disorientation which may also include headaches and heart palpitations.

Chamomile For Body Relaxation and Mind Optimization

Chamomile has long been known as a relaxation aid. It’s biological molecular properties are too vast to mention, but all of its constituents have been approved by the FDA as safe for consumption and are observed to have dozens of medicinal uses including reducing digestive inflammation, relaxing smooth muscle, lymphatic constriction, and bronchial pathways, eases asthma, acts as an anticoagulant, antispasmodic, anti-diarrheal, binds to GABA receptors, and modulates monoamine neurotransmitters. In essence, it aids the in relaxation of the digestive tract and smooth muscle systems, as well as promoting neural balance.

Calming Chamomile Tea

One of our tea buyers, Elizabeth, recommends Calming Chamomile. We offer nothing but the highest quality organic certified, caffeine free chamomile flower tea.

Chamomile Allergy Warning

Some people whom may be allergic to ragweed may also be allergic to chamomile.

Lavender to Sooth the Mind

Surprisingly, Lavender is a flower that is somewhat shrouded from the prefaces of scientific study. It’s known benefits include use an anti-bacterial cleansing agent and the oil of the flowers is often used in as an incense to promote sleep and restfulness, however our current knowledge of this plant is highly a matter of folklore. Lavender is rumored to be able to help strengthen the immune system and combat digestive inflammation.

Lavender Teas

If you are interested in experimenting with Lavender for easing stress, Octavia offer two choices: Lavender Assam and Lavender Lemongrass.

Spearmint, Peppermint, and Menthe

Like lavender, members of the menthe family are not well researched within the scientific community. We do know that mint carries some unique characteristics as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it’s oils have the unique ability to open pores in the skin as well as relaxing bronchial channels, and it seems to aid digestion in manners that we don’t fully understand. The refreshing scent of mint is undoubtedly stress-relieving in and of itself.

Mint Julep for a ‘Scentual’ Release

Trent, one of our resident Tea experts, recommends Mint Julep for a little R&R. This refreshing concoction of spearmint, peppermint, and notes of licorice is certified organic and brings a smile to our faces every time we open it up.

1 comment to The Octavia Tea Guide: Natural Remedies for Stress and Depression