St. John’s Wort

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Some nights it’s as simple as a few bags in the steeper.

Vital Stats*

Type: Herbal
Caffeine: None
Cost: $7.46/box
Density: N/A
Servings/box: 24
Cost/16 oz steeped: $0.31 (@ one bag)

I remember the first time I had St. John’s Wort tea very well. I was having a REALLY bad day at work one day about 20 years ago, and a co-worker of mine said to me “You need to have some of my happy tea!” I dismissively said something to the effect of “No, I need a stiff drink”, to which she replied “No, you really need to have some of my happy tea!” and handed me an individually sealed bag. I shrugged, read it – St. John’s Wort – that’s not a very appealing name. She gave me some instructions and sent me off to the kitchen.

After making it as instructed and allowing it to cool a bit, I started sipping on it. It didn’t take long before it hit me, and holy cow, “happy tea” was apt. I walked over to her desk with a pretty big smile on my face and said “Happy Tea!!” She smiled and nodded, and repeated back “Happy Tea.”

I don’t know what brand it was, or what, if anything else was in it, but the Celebration Herbals St. John’s Wort I ordered from Amazon last week is absolutely not that same “Happy Tea.”

Laura, if somehow you ever come across this post, please let me know what that tea was so I can try it again!

Not Laura’s “Happy Tea”, but still pretty good!

I did check David’s Tea before going to Amazon. They do not sell St. John’s Wort, nor anything containing it. As I wanted to give it another go after all these years, I opted for bags from Amazon.

As expected (or perhaps remembered), it tastes like medicinal herbs – quite bitter. I wasn’t drinking it for the taste though, and I don’t imagine many people do. The directions read –

  • If you desire a medicinal tea, be sure to use one tea bag per cup of boiling water, cover and steep for 7-12 minutes. This is known as the infusion method.
  • If you desire a pleasure tea or quick brew, use one teabag per cup of hot water. Pour water over teabags, cover, and let steep 3 to 5 minutes to taste. Enjoy!

Obviously I went with the 12 minutes.

It is a relaxing tea for sure, though maybe not quite as immediately relaxing as David’s Serenity Now. It’s reported to be a strong antidepressant, and well as apparently having anti-viral properties. It was also used to protect “against witches, demons and evil diseases” in the middle ages too, in case you’re looking for something like that.

All in all it’s a very nice tea, albeit a little bitter, but that’s not so bad every so often. It’s great for winding down before bed, and while it may not become a staple in my cupboard, I can absolutely imagine myself buying this at least a couple times a year going forward.

Until next time, happy steeping!

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