Burnout and tiredness
Tired, stressed, feeling on the edge of burnout? You’re not the only one. Burnout has become so common in society today. It is due to the modern ever-running lifestyle that the majority of us live in.
Why do you feel tired? Indeed, “during burn out the adrenal glands become depleted. They are not secreting adequate hormones to function properly” (Sarah Powell). That’s why, if not treated, you can find yourself in long term effects. These are such as insomnia, depression, weight gain, and lowered immunity.
The benefits of herbal tea to burnout
Well, the mechanism of adrenal fatigue and burnout is understood. What you can do about it?
There is a simple & natural cure that you might neglect. A good herbal tea!
The benefits of herbal teas to our well-being have been long known. Many studies reclaimed these. “Herbal teas can help to lower cortisol levels. Increase the production of mood-enhancing hormones like GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), and dopamine. Thereby helping you to feel calmer and less anxious” (Adrenal Fatigue Coach).
A word of caution: Herbal tea cannot replace a medical cure. Yet it can definitely bring natural calming effects and relaxation. It helps you unwind from a busy and tiring day.
How to buy a good herbal tea for your burnout?
Well, you can find quite readily available herbal teas on most supermarkets and food stores. They are also available online. It’s quite easy to find. However, a good herbal tea purchase needs some considerations.
Herbal teas are not medicine. They thus aren’t regulated by the FDA and other regulators. So a trustworthy source is always a common sense. Have a tea infuser? Whole leaf teas are good in this case. Like to grow your own herbs? That would be for sure an enjoyable way to have a secure source of tea.
Although some herbal teas are highly safe to drink, some might interact with other treatments. Consider your pregnancy or known medical conditions/allergies. Talk with your doctor before taking a new type of herbs. It’s always a good idea. Also, most herbal teas are safe to consume in regular but small amounts. But it is important not to go overboard at once.
The final consideration is, of course, which herbs to choose for your tea.
5 best herbal teas for burnout
Need help dealing with burnout, anxiety, and insomnia? My best choices for herbal teas would be rooibos, caffeine-reduced green tea, chamomile, ginger, and licorice. Drink these calming teas. Breath their soothing scent. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. They can help you wind down in stressful periods.
Rooibos tea is made from a plant called Aspalathus linearis. It grows only in South Africa. The red rooibos tea that we usually see is the fermented tea. It’s considered the best herbal tea in the world. It is caffeine-free, full of antioxidants and extremely safe to drink. It has a lot of beneficial substances such as aspalathin and nothofagin. They provide extraordinary health benefits. These include calming, skin and anti-aging benefits. Rooibos tea also blends perfectly with many other ingredients.
Caffeine-reduced green tea
The only thing to be aware of is that green tea can have caffeine. This can prevent sleep if you drink in the evening. Therefore, my choice would be for a low percentage of caffeine green tea. And drink them in the morning!
Chamomile tea one of the most popular calming teas. It is easily accessible. A famous bedtime tea, for its relaxation effect and sleep improvement. Researchers found that chamomile use showed a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms. Indeed, “chamomile tea contains apigenin—an antioxidant that directly targets neurotransmitters and brain receptors to induce relaxation” (Very Well Mind). A pilot study (published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2011) also showed its effect on insomnia reduction.
I’m Asian. That’s how ginger has been part of my childhood, in all of our family cooking recipes. Ginger has long since been used throughout Asia and the wider world. (Attention, ginger tea is different from ginseng tea, another plant) Research showed a positive health impact of ginger. Ginger tea has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension. This is thought to be due to a combination of the strong aroma and healing properties. Therefore, in a burnout state, ginger can help reduce the feeling of stress and depression.
Whether to choose it or not? You will need to taste it. Ginger tea has a slightly bitter and invigorating flavor which is not the case of a gentle chamomille or rooibos teas. Also, as ginger benefit during pregnancy is controversial, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.
Finally, we can’t forget Licorice tea! David Hoffman, England’s premier herbalist, recommended it for the adrenal cortex (what produces the stress hormone cortisol). So you know, it’s beneficial for stress reduction. A 2013 study found that licorice extract may also increase the effects of anti-anxiety medications. A word of caution: If you are taking medications to treat anxiety, always talk to your doctor before trying a new herbal supplement or remedy.
I merit my herbal teas!
In burnout, untreated stress and fatigue can lead to long term effects. These are such as insomnia, depression, weight gain, and lowered immunity. A simple & natural cure that you might neglect is a good herbal tea. Among those, rooibos, chamomile, green tea, ginger, and licorice are the most popular teas. They are great for relaxation, stress and fatigue relief.
I used to buy those very nice teas as gifts to friends and family during special occasions. Since my burnout, I decided that I merited them as well. I take care and love myself as I do to my beloved one. And I have to say, these royal herbal teas brought me sweet comforting moments. Try them and find out which one you prefer.