Some of my favorite discoveries happen when I travel, so as soon as school is out for the year I make sure to pack up the car and take little man somewhere fun. This week we're slowly making our way to Oklahoma—stopping at every drive-in and roadside tourist trap we can find along the way. Since I'm off enjoying myself this week I thought I'd take a break from our normal Tuesday Tea review to bring you one of our special road trip editions. Today's tea, Marley's Mellow Mood, is one I discovered while I was on my way to Oklahoma last year. Sadly I didn't have enough room in my cooler to take a few bottles home with me. Although in hindsight I wish I hadn't waited so long to track it down, it ended up being much harder to find this year, which is a shame because it's a really unique bottled tea.
So what is it about Marley's that will put you in such a mellow mood? Mostly it's the combination of chamomile and valerian root, two herbal ingredients that are commonly used as a relaxant. You'll see them frequently included in bedtime tea blends as they both promote drowsiness, which is why this tea also comes with a warning label. It's not considered safe for children or woman who are nursing or pregnant and probably shouldn't be consumed if you're driving or operating heavy machinery. If you're taking any medication you'll want to talk with your doctor before trying this tea as some of the ingredients may interfere with prescription medications.
I can tell you from personal experience the combination of valerian root and my seizure medication won't just mellow me out, it will knock me flat on my ass for hours at a time. This makes it the perfect tea to drink when I'm suffering from travel related insomnia. I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't get comfortable in a hotel bed, so those of you who have trouble sleeping on the road may want to give this tea a try. Just keep in mind that the flavor is much like any other bottled green tea on the market, it tastes more like sweetener than tea. In this case the liberal use of honey tends to mask the odd, unappealing flavor of the valerian root, so I actually consider this to be a good thing.
Would I order this again? Possibly. I'm not a fan of the green tea with honey, so in the future I'll try to seek out some of the other flavors like peach raspberry or Barttlet pear.
Where to Purchase
This can be hard to track down, so check your local grocery store or any place you typically find bottled tea. Otherwise you can visit the Marley's Mellow Mood website for more information.