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.

Klamath Weed aka St. John's Wort ( Hypericum perforatum )
Klamath Weed aka St. John's Wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) | Source

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

These beautiful flowers make a great tea.
These beautiful flowers make a great tea. | Source

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. It can be several days before one starts to notice a change. 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.

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This medicinal plant has helped many people overcome depression.
This medicinal plant has helped many people overcome depression. | Source

Comments 10 comments

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Excellent article. I appreciate an author that does not try to make something complicated in order that they look all smart. This hub is great, thank you.

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loveofnight 2 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I have never tried doing it this way. Does any residue float around in your cup or does it all dissolve.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Paradigm, I went to the store today to find John's Wort tea bags. Glad I didn't find it. This article saved the day for me. I prefer capusles anyway. Thank you.

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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Homemade brew is always the best, and this hub is a superb example. Thank you for this intriguing hub..I will definitely give it a try.

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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Congratulations on hotd, ps. Personally I think it is healthier to boil water the old fashioned way and avoid the radiation from microwaves but heck, the tea itself is good. Voted up +.

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cloverleaffarm 2 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Or, to make life even easier, you could just take the capsule. Or you could just buy the herb in bulk and make a tea in a tea press.

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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Big congrats, Para, for HOTD. I used to drink St. John's tea, years ago, and I liked it. I will have to try your method, for it seems a lot easier and cheaper. Great job on the hub, I like the photos, too. Voted up and shared.

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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Congrats, para. You are indeed a worthy hubber. I recommend St. John's Wort to clients often. Maybe your article will convince them. Voting up and useful.

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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

When I get my new coffee pot I am going to try this. Thanks so much for the recipe! I never thought that it would be this easy an I already have the St. Jon's Wort in my cupboard.

Congrats on HOTD!

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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Sounds like a good idea, but how does it taste? Can you add sugar to it? This is the first time I read a Hub of the Day, and now I'm very glad that I did. Great idea, great article.

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