Valerian is well known for its strong, distinct aroma, which only develops after the roots are dried. One of the most calming and deeply relaxing herbs we know of, valerian is often used in bedtime formulas and sleep pillows.
Directions: To use as a before-bedtime tea, it's best to make a cool-water infusion to prevent the volatile oils from escaping: Add one to two teaspoons of valerian root to one cup of room-temperature water. Cover, and let steep for eight hours.
For a hot-water infusion, steep one to two teaspoons of valerian root in one cup of hot (not boiling water). Cover, and let steep until cooled.
Because of a resistance to drinking the tea (which doesn't taste as bad as the herb smells), valerian is often taken in tincture or capsule form. Another way to enjoy the benefits of valerian is in a valerian bath. Simply make a quart of strong tea and add it to the bathwater.
Suggested Uses: Valerian is most known for it ability to promote relaxation at night*. Over 200 studies, most of them in Europe, have been conducted on this characteristic of valerian root. Also notable is the lack of any reported hangover effect the next morning by those who ingest valerian at bedtime. Valerian is also used for restlessness, tight or cramping muscles, nervousness, and as a nerve tonic.
Valerian is often used in combination with other relaxing herbs, such as scullcap or lavender flowers for overall tenseness, passion flower or hops for before-bed use, and chamomile or lemon balm when tenseness is associated with the stomach.
* Disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies valerian as:
Class: 1 herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately
Per the German Commission E Monograph** for valerian root, there are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interactions.
Valerian Root, Cut & Sifted, ORGANIC
Valerian Root C/S, ORGANIC
- Brand: Frontier Bulk
Botanical Name: Valeriana officinalis L.
Directions: To use as a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tsp. of herb, cover and steep 3-5 minutes.
Origin: United States
Size: 1 lb
Package: Bulk Bag
Introduction Date: 1988-10-01
Serving Size 1 tsp
Servings About 172
Amount per % Daily
Total Carbohydrate 2g <1%*
Dietary Fiber <1g 4%*
Calcium 99mg 10%
Organic Valerian, cut (root) 2.6g **
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
** Daily Value not established.
Common Name: Valerian Root
Plant Part: Root
Cut: Cut & Sifted
Bar Code: 0-89836-00888-6