When we first opened our shop, Desert Sage Natural had around 30 teas, all of them medicinals. Over time this has expanded, in a way that continues to boggle my mind. Some of this happens because Mister Tea and I, and our looney friends who help us to name teas, are unlikely to run out of ideas for tea any time soon. The rest of it happens because people request a tea that we haven’t created yet.
‘SereniTea: Something for the Blues’ was one of the latter group.
Our SereniTeas tend to come in sets, for specific issues or conditions. I was asked to put together a couple of teas attuned for assisting with depression. ‘Something for the Blues’ and ‘Happy Dreams’ were created at the same time.
‘SereniTea: Something for the Blues’ comes in two versions. If you’ve interacted with us at all, you know that one of our primary goals is to make herbal medicine work with pharmaceutical medicine safely, so that you receive benefits from both, and no creepy drawbacks. (Or side-effects. That never seems quite descriptive enough to me.) Prior research into St. John’s Wort indicated that there are a number of medications for nerve pain, and quite a few prescribed for mood, that do not interact well with it. It is a pretty amazing herb for depression, but we created one version of this tea with St. John’s Wort, and one without.
The original version of this tea contains St. John’s Wort for depression; Lemon Balm and Rose Petals for stress, anxiety, and depression; Sencha Green Tea as a catalyst and because it tastes good, and Oatstraw for general nutritive support and a plethora of B vitamins. (That particular class of vitamin also being good for various mood imbalances.) The alternate version substitutes Lavender for the St. John’s Wort.
Sadly, neither version of this tea is pregnancy or nursing safe.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: St. John’s Wort (or Lavender), Oatstraw, Lemon Balm, Rose Petals, High Mountain Green Tea
Batch Weight: .9 ounces (approximately 30-35 cups of tea)
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Tin, LatchTin *), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag, Latch-Tin*)
* The Latch-Tin is a separate listing on Etsy, and holds approximately 90-115 cups of tea.
* I am not a doctor. The FDA (along with other governmental agencies) has not recognized any of this as fact. We do draw on science as well as tradition, but the path from research proving efficacy to formalized treatment is a long and complicated one. (Especially since plants can’t really be patented.) None of the information contained in these pages is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease from a medical standpoint.
***I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist. No mood tea that I formulate is directly intended to replace any psychiatric medication. If you are taking any form of psychiatric medication, you should consult both me and your doctor before drinking one of our SereniTeas. The side effects and contraindications for practically all psychiatric meds are long and complicated, and I really prefer to look into them before suggesting a tea.