How can drinking tea help relieve stress?

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Andy Puddicombe
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Drinking tea -- and the ritual that accompanies it -- is a wonderful exercise in meditation and awareness. In this video, I will explain how building a ritual around a cup of tea relieves stress and promotes zen.
Chris Kilham
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Drinking green tea can help reduce stress in that it contains an amino acid that produces a calming effect, and the act of drinking tea can be a relaxing ritual. Watch "Medicine Hunter" Chris Kilham discuss the benefits of drinking a cup of tea. 
Brad Lamm
Addiction Medicine

Drinking tea can relieve stress and boost your mood due to its aroma; the pleasing scent of tea, herbs or cacao nibs can tickle your senses in a positive way. Watch as health educator and interventionist Brad Lamm discusses how tea can promote calm.


Any warm drink is a super stress soother, and curling up with a cup of aromatic jasmine tea can make the whole day go away. But with tea, it’s not just the warmth at work. Skin-friendly tea also has two magic antistress ingredients: L-theanine, an amino acid that produces a relaxed but alert frame of mind, and catechins, antioxidants that, among other things, lower corticosterone, a stress hormone.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.