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But you don’t need to drink it – simply sniff a teabag. Yale University researchers found that taking 6 slow, deep whiffs of Earl Grey tea calms our amygdala – which is a region of the brain linked to stress and anxiety.
And when there’s a heat wave, the hot, oppressive weather is known to over-stimulate the amygdala, which is why we get easily irritated and anxious in sweltering weather. So the next time that happens to you, take 6 deep whiffs of Earl Grey, and you’ll be calmer in 2 minutes or less.