A Cup of Calmness

Tea's medicinal properties treat stressed-out urbanites. Here, the top 8 varieties.

Feeling frazzled? Consider a piping hot cup of tea, which can do everything from calm your nerves to improve your performance at work. "Tea has theanine, which is a chemical that reduces mental and physical stress while working synergistically with caffeine to improve cognition," says Dr. Daniel Hsu, D.A.O.M., L.Ac., a NYC-based acupuncturist who works with Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz. And while you'll need a board certified herbalist like Hsu to concoct a specific blend to treat a cold or flu, a cup with honey and mint can work wonders on a sore throat. To that end, here are eight gourmet varieties to warm you up and cool you out: