Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis) 4oz/113g Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Valeriana Officinalis
Common names: Phu (Galen), All-Heal, Great Wild Valerian, Amantilla, Setwall, Setewale Capon's Tail, Set-Well, English Valerian, Belgian Valerian, Common Valerian, German Valerian, Heliotrope, Garden Heliotrope, Fragrant Valerian, Vandal Root, Amantilla, Capon's Tail
Plant Description: Valerian is a common perennial root found in moist situations throughout Europe and north to the Arctic Circle; however, it can also be found in dry, elevated ground. Found further south, the plants are generally smaller with narrower leaves. Valerian grows to be about 3-4 feet tall. The roots merge into a short, conical root-stock or erect rhizome. The rootstock is short, giving off a tuft of long creeping runners. Its erect, fluted stem shoots out from the root. The leaves of the Valerian are pinnate with 7-21 lanceolate segments somewhat serrated and slightly hairy. The leaves are more infrequent and opposite higher up the stem. Leaflets are generally from six to 10 pairs and usually 2-3 inches long. The upper surface has strong veins, while the underneath is a pale green covered with short, soft hairs. Valerian blooms from June to September with tubular, funnel-shaped flowers with five equal lobes. They are a soft pink or white tinged with pink color. The fruit of Valerian is a capsule containing one oblong seed.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.