Alvita Tea Bags Valerian-Mint Peppermint — 24 Tea Bags

Used for beneficial properties at the time of Hippocrates in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C., Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is native to England, Europe and the United States. Valerian derives its name from the Latin valere, “to be strong” referring to both the plant as well as its distinct odor. It is often used for its soothing, relaxing beneficial properties. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a universally-loved and widely-used flavoring. Peppermint’s value comes from the mint’s volatile oil, which contains menthol, and is added to many formulas for its therapeutic properties. So highly thought of, Peppermint was included in a list of plants being taken to the New World. Together, Valerian and Peppermint make a calming, relaxing tea.Alvita. Natural Herb Teas that are Good for You and the Environment.

Quick facts

  • Tea blend featuring valerian and peppermint
  • Caffeine free
  • English pillow style oxygen bleached tea bags

Top reviews

Minty Sweet Herbal Sedation

Between my third and fourth year of medical school, I did a four week elective at Bastyr University, an accredited university for CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). I did this for my personal curiosity, it is something I want to understand better and learn about. But there are also practical reasons for an MD to study CAM. Whether they admit it or not, our patients are use alternative medicines in conjunction with, or instead of, physician prescribed medications. It makes sense for doctors to know at least the basics of what is out there and what people are doing, so our patients can comfortably discuss these things with us.

During a lecture on herbal medicine (with the ‘H’ pronounced very deliberately), the herbal practitioner discussed what was known of the biochemistry of Valerian root. Apparently it acts on the GABA receptor in a manner very similar to way benzodiazepines act (like valium, xanax, ativan, klonopin…). So when they recommend Valerian root for its sleep promoting and/or anti-anxiety effects, it probably really is an effective treatment. But then it seems to me it is probably also not a completely benign medication (we know the benzos aren’t). I asked the instructor if people could become tolerant or dependent on Valerian root, or if it could interact with other medications the way benzos can. She smiled politely, doing her charitable best to conceal her contempt for my ignorance and the attitudes she presumed were behind my question. After a beat, she answered “no.” “You see, this is how plant spirits differ from pharmaceuticals. The plant spirits only go where they are needed.”

I’m not sure if I flinched or if I successfully suppressed my knee-jerk spasm of skepticism. But this is where the CAM stuff gets away from me. I want to have an open mind. I certainly believe there is wisdom and alternates ways of healing out there outside of western medicine. But I had a hard time swallowing it when CAM practitioners want it both ways. They use the hard sciences any time it supports the use of alternative medications, but the second the hard science conflicts with their beliefs, they fall back on mystical explanations. I’m not saying there’s nothing to that, but let’s just say it’s not something I can wrap my mind around.

In general, I think the herbal medicines are probably effective and safe when used very moderately. Just as you can’t get in too much trouble chewing cocaine leaves (versus snorting refined cocaine), you probably won’t run into troubles with an herbal tea made with Valerian (versus potent doses of benzos).

I think a lot of physicians have no problem with people using alternative medications except for a concern about the unknown. An MD is not trained to convert units of herbal supplements into standard benzo doses, for example, so it introduces confounders.

I’m not down on the herbal meds but I do believe that, when they work, they work for the same reasons pharmaceuticals work: They have active ingredients causing real physiological effects. And a placebo effect factors in, but we all know by now that our prescription drugs are benefit from placebo effects, so that’s a wash. So know what you are taking, how much is considered safe, and talk to your doctors about it. Don’t fool yourself into believing that herbal medications are harmless because they are “natural.” If your doctor is condescending and automatically dismissive, get a new doc.

Ultimately, the course challenged me to more precisely define what an open mind is. I have an open mind, in that I’m curious, I’m open to learning, I don’t believe I know everything, and I’m willing to listen to other perspectives. But an open-mind is not a blank mind. I have my experiences, biases, and education kicking around up there. My open mind does not have to believe everything it hears. I can have an open mind and still maintain a critical stance.

By the way, I’m giving thumbs up to this product. It’s a nice tea, nice relaxing bedtime treat with just a bit of honey. If you need it for insomnia of muscle spasms, just make sure you talk to your doctor about the udnerlying problems and mention any supplements or herbal meds you use. Thank you for listening.

RefugioSanta Maria, TX

It never came

I’ve had this tea before, and it does the trick. Tastes nasty, but gets you sleepy. Unfortunately, this past order from, Nutricity, never showed up. I wrote to them and their response was inadequate. I wrote again, and they ignored me. Luckily, Amazon gave me a refund.
LamontKettle Falls, WA

It Delivers

I wasn’t familiar with this company before buying their Valerian Mint tea bags, but I can say the purchase was well worth the money.

The bags included are not the smaller ones normally used for single serving tea cups. They are large enough to brew up to 2-3 cups and ideal for smaller tea pots. Right there the price becomes reasonable.

The flavor of the tea is fairly agreeable, too; Peppermint is never a bad way to go when flavoring medicinal/therapeutical herbs. I usually drop in an extra bag of chamomile when steeping Valerian, so that helps with the flavor, too.

Personally speaking, I feel the effects of Valerian tea much faster than, say, capsules of Valerian root one might buy at a natural foods store. I can recommend this as a soothing alternative to whatever you might normally drink to relax at the end of the day.

If I had to list any specific concern, it would be the intensely vivid dreams that Valerian seems to produce from time to time, but nothing so mind-bending that I would stop drinking the tea.

Lastly, avoid heavy or daily usage, beacuse the build-up in your system can lead to problems. You don’t wanna be that health-obsessed guy In Newport Beach who died from a massive build-up of Echinacea in his system. Give your body time to flush the herbs out. They aren’t always water soluable like Vitamin-B.

ChristenaKillen, AL

Good product

This tea is nice to relax with at night. The smell of Valerian tea is very strong but the mint version has much more of a pleasent odor. One thing I did find out is that my cat seemed to go crazy for the smell and the bag. It turns out that Valerian tea is almost like catnip for a cat and dogs like it too.
IsidraCottage Grove, OR

Restful sleep

This product does provide a good night’s sleep. I did not wake up feeling “groggy”. However, the odor is strong. I stored it in a plastic bag or container, separate from other items, to mask the odor. Overall, I will use this product again.
IrisNewburgh, IN