How Drinking Tea Can Relieve Anxiety

tea for anxietyThere are many ways to treat an anxiety disorder. Some people use drugs, yoga, acupuncture, vitamins and the list goes on. But did you know that drinking tea can help relieve anxiety?

Tea contains a unique anxiety reducing amino acid called L-Theanine that helps create a calming sensation. The irony is that tea often contains caffeine. Nonetheless, people who drink tea often say that they feel calm after having a cup.

In addition to reducing anxiety, studies have shown that L-Theanine may be effective in promoting concentration, strengthening the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and increasing the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA (an amino acid that suppresses anxiety). It’s also thought to increase dopamine levels, while having no known side-effects.

So, how do we know that tea is safe to drink in quantity? Well, for starters, tea is the most consumed beverage worldwide after water and has been consumed for thousands of years. Plus, studies on rats have shown that consuming high doses of L-Theanine has no harmful effects.

To get the full effect of L-Theanine in tea it’s recommended that you have 1-3 cups of tea daily. This is yet another natural remedy that you can throw into your anti-anxiety tool box. It’s also a reminder that anxiety relief is everywhere if you know where to look for it.


  1. Ria says

    chamomile is my comfort in the morning…and swiss vervaine melange herbal tea in the evening. This tea helps soothe your body and nerves and calms your mind. It definitely helps me sleep better at night and the taste is great!

  2. says

    Hi Dan, Thanks. I’m always on the lookout for ANYTHING that is safe and helpful.

    Hey Ria, Thanks for the tip. There are so many types of tea… hmmm have to write about that someday.

  3. Emily says

    I never knew that tea actually had a chemical in it that reduced anxiety. I just know that it soothes me, so that is cool that now I understand the science behind it.

    It’s funny I feel that drinking tea and taking a bath are very similar in the way that you are soothed by the heat and the smell of the herbs which also relax and comfort your body. I am a big fan of baths as well in case you couldn’t tell 😉

  4. Al says

    I am a long-time anxiety sufferer (20 years or so), but recently officially diagnosed with anxiety disorder. While trying to stay medication free, I have given up pretty much all caffeine, but if good effects of tea outweigh the effects of caffeine, I’ll have to try this out. Thanks Paul.

  5. Andy says

    I avoid caffeine like the plague. Always find it gets me wired and nervous. Instead I tend to drink red bush or rooibus tea which is pretty good. Also I have decaf green tea which seems to do teh trick as well. I tried chamomile for a while but I think it might have given me palpitations…I’m not sure on this one but I have a strong suspision.

  6. says

    Hi Al, Andy has a great point; Tea does come in decaffeinated form. So if caffeine doesn’t sit well with you then you can still enjoy a cup.

    Nice save Andy, I totally forgot about the Decaf.

  7. says

    im nineteen years old and a new sufferer of anxiety and panic attacks, and ive searched for EVERY natural way to help me calm myself down and unwind because i dont believe in taking medications, and i find that chamomile tea helps so much when im feeling like i cant fall asleep. it feels like it completely unwinds my nerves and my mind. but im always looking for any new teas that work to relax(:

  8. Ria says

    I discovered a new tea fir a little pick me up called Ginseng Vitality Rooibos. It’s from Teavana(I really love this place) it has zesty ginger root and soothing St. John’s Wort. It taste great hot or cold. It really helps me with my mood. I feel so energized after I drink it. give it a shot!

  9. Paul says

    I find that drinking Valerian tea with a little honey really helps to me to relax before bedtime. I’ll be trying Chamomile next….

  10. says

    I am a long time sufferer of depression and anxiety. Anxiety is so high right now that I am about to jump out of my skin! I will for sure try the tea tonight. Crossing fingers.

  11. Steve says

    Bump for the Cannabis…. puff a day workes wonders… i go from being HULK angry to a soft push over

  12. Anxiety Sufferer says

    Recently I started drinking about 3-5 tea cups a day and I noticed a DRAMATIC improvement which is what got me to research tea drinking and anxiety. I then found this page. 😀

    Here’s an example of what I might have…
    In the morning, I drink Tetley’s Clarity Blueberry Ginseng or Soothe Ginger Mint — these seem exceptionally calming. Then I have a black tea of sorts. After lunch, I have a green tea. Then I have a fruit tea later on, and a finish it with camomile or another green tea.

    Only one of the teas have significant caffeine and that seems to be fine as I’ve balanced it with herbal teas too.

    May we all rid ourselves of our anxiety!

  13. kenyanscorp says

    Caffeine in anxiety sufferers invariably causes palpitations and has been included in the DSM criteria very recently by psychiatrists.

    The other day i ingested Crocin cold n flu by mistake and was surprised at the hangover and sleeplessness, though i had given up caffeine. On examining the composition, it contains caffeine. When caffeine is given to caffeine intolerant ones who have achieved supertolerance before being intolerant, it is bound to relapse the symptoms.

    I am really skeptical about tea if not decaffeinated.

  14. kenyanscorp says

    Paul and other readers i have created a site in the Facebook called CAFFEINE ANAPHYLAXIS. I would request you all to go through it.

  15. Dan says

    Do not drink tea for anxiety. Tea causes anxiety. It contains a poisonous alkaloid similar to caffiene, though distinctly different (theophelline sp?). The calm you may feel from the increase in neurotransmitter activity is always accompanied by anxiety, only to be felt once the stimulation is wearing off. Exercise is the answer to anxiety. Painful and true.

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