How to Make St. John's Wort Tea from Herbal Capsules
St. John's Wort is well known for its depression alleviating properties. More about that further down the page, along with some notes and warnings.
The Make Your Own St. John's Wort Tea Recipe
St. John's Wort tea and other herbal teas are expensive. There is absolutely no reason to buy them when you can make your own for less than one-tenth the cost. So forget those messy teabags and all the preparations that go with them. Here is your incredibly inexpensive, best, quick, and easiest way to make your own.
This really shouldn't be called a recipe. The word, "recipe", implies preparation and work; there is none of that here.
- First proceed to any drugstore, health food store, or other favorite place selling herbal supplements. Find the St. John's Wort supplements in powdered, capsule form. As with the other herbs, probably all the brands will be in this form. But do check to be sure. If you don't already have a favorite brand, it is worth an extra few minutes to do some price checking. There can be a wide variance in unit pricing when it comes to actual ingredients: milligrams, number of capsules, and total price.
- Open the capsule and sprinkle the powder into the microwavable coffee cup. Fill with water to the same level as you would when making instant coffee. You don't even have to bother to stir it. Never taken apart capsules before? It can be a challenge for the inexperienced. But in fairly short order, it will become nothing more than a 2-second task. A quick how-to for newbies: wash and completely dry hands first, otherwise, slippery fingers can make the task impossible; gently twist the two capsule halves back-and-forth against each other, and gradually separate over the cup; twiddle the capsule halves over the cup until all the powder has come out.
- Microwave as you would instant coffee. Never made instant coffee? Depending on the wattage and age of the microwave oven, zap it for up to 2 minutes.
- Stir, let cool, stir again, enjoy.
And that is all there is to it.
And as an interesting side note, this recipe works equally well when making Valerian tea. Valerian is known for its anti-anxiety properties as well, though it works in the Valium way as opposed to the St. John's Wort serotonin reuptake inhibitor way. As with St. John"Wort, the tea form is considerably stronger than the simply ingesting capsule method.
How Many Capsules?
Routinely, I use just one capsule. However, if particularly stressed or depressed, I will use two. More than that can sometimes cause digestive problems.
With Instant Coffee
There is certainly nothing wrong with sprinkling St. John's Wort capsule powder over the instant coffee flakes when making the second cup of morning coffee... Don't go overboard with the stuff. Too much of anything is almost always not a good idea.
Some General Opinions, Notes, and Warnings.
Saint John's Wort does indeed work as to alleviating depression and anxiety. It does this by increasing a person's serotonin levels. Consuming St. John's Wort in tea form, as opposed to just taking the capsules with food, can greatly increase its effectiveness. Though one will sometimes feel immediate side effects with that first cup of tea, it can be several days before a consistent mood change is noticed. Needless to say, your results may vary.
Reputable websites advise St. John's Wort mixed with certain other medications do not always work well together; this is especially applicable to certain prescription drugs. If you are taking St. John's Wort, whether by supplement or by tea, let your doctor and pharmacist know. And be sure to read the warning/caution label on the St. John's Wort container. And particularly read all the documentation included with the prescription to see if St. John's Wort is mentioned.