By HEALTH EDITOR | UPDATED: 06:28, 08 May 2020
Lockdown has led to many of us suffering from mental and physical health issues, ranging from stress to not being able to sleep – and let’s not forget the back pains from our work from home set-ups.
Canabiotics.co.uk surveyed 1,239 Brits to find out what problems they’ve been facing in lockdown, and with help from Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs, found a herbal tea to help relieve each of our problems.
The three main causes of stress for respondents were: the coronavirus pandemic (92%), losing a job (59%) and bills (45%).
Which Herbal Tea to Try: A tea that includes ashwagandha
How it helps: this is the rockstar of herbs. A key adaptogenic herb, ashwagandha helps the body to increase resistance to stress.
It balances the production of stress hormones so that we do not become chronically exhausted. This allows the body to distribute its energy and resources more evenly.
65% of participants have been struggling to sleep, which could be the result of a number of things such as stress, insomnia or even their environment.
Which Herbal Tea to Try: Matcha
How it helps: Matcha can naturally boost your energy levels. Packed with 10x the antioxidants found in a regular cup of green tea it helps to protect the body from free radical damage and can boost metabolism.
Matcha contains a compound called L-Theanine, a naturally calming agent that works with the caffeine to provide what’s described as a calm, focused and happy energy. It is an amazing alternative to coffee as it gives you a natural energy lift without influencing a crash.
Neck pain, back aches and strained eyes aren’t foreign to over half of us, as Canabiotics found that 52% of those surveyed have recently experienced these aches and pains.
21% of participants have been working more hours during lockdown, so it is no surprise that 37% have noticed an increase in their screen time – with news updates constantly rolling in and people working longer hours it’s hard to catch a break.
Which Herbal Tea to Try: Tumeric Tea How it helps: Turmeric – also known as the ‘Golden Goddess’ in India – is well known for being a potent anti-inflammatory.
Research has shown that turmeric actively inhibits inflammatory pathways within the body, making it the perfect sports partner for muscle damage, reducing inflammation in joints and muscles, and improving delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) with evidence for enhanced recovery of muscle performance to support mobility and exercise.
Canabiotics also found that lockdown has taken a toll on people’s skin. 38% of respondents have seen an increase in acne, which can be accredited to not eating as healthily, increased alcohol consumption and less exercise.
26% of participants have noticed their eye bags getting darker over the last few weeks, which is most likely a result of the aforementioned problems.
How Tea Can Help:
Using tea bags under the eye is a home remedy that has been around for years. They can reduce dark circles, puffiness, and redness. All you need to do is take two bags after steeping them in water, squeeze out the excess water and chill them in the refrigerator.
Once cool, place them on your eyes, lay back and let them work their magic!
Which Herbal Tea to Try:
Nettle tea is nourishing, cleansing and rich in chlorophyll, nettle has been used for centuries as a skin purifier. Nettle leaves have properties which help to cleanse your body, blood and helps to flush out toxins to support the processes needed to maintain clearer skin.
Additionally, they’re laced with anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a good option for helping to soothe irritated skin.