Make Herbal Tea: How to Prepare, Brew, and Steep Valerian Root Tea

Updated on January 24, 2017

Valerian Plant

Harvest valerian root near the end of the season. Remember to plunk a chunk of the root back in the ground for next year!
Harvest valerian root near the end of the season. Remember to plunk a chunk of the root back in the ground for next year!

Brewing Pre-Bagged or Loose-Leaf Valerian Root Tea

Valerian Root is the pungent smelling root of the valerian plant (Latin names: Valeriana officinalis, Valeriana wallichii). The root has been used since ancient times to promote restful sleep, and has exploded in popularity in recent times for this effect. With the wide variety of exotic tea blends on supermarket shelves today, let's get back to basics on how to easily prepare a cup of valerian root tea.

What you'll need:

  • kettle (stainless steel or ceramic): what you'll boil your water in
  • teapot or mug with a lid: what you'll steep your tea in, which is not your kettle
  • 1 tsp of dried valerian root (about 2 grams)
  • infusion device (like a tea ball, heat seal tea bag, piece of cheesecloth and string, or steep loose and use a strainer after brewing)
  • 8oz of filtered water and hot water from the tap

Steps for Brewing Valerian Root Tea:

  1. Fill the tea pot or mug you'll be steeping in with hot tap water to warm the container.
  2. Fill your infusion device with the valerian root. If steeping without a device (called "loose-leaf"), wait until step 4 to add your valerian root.
  3. Heat 6-8oz of filtered water in your kettle on your stove to third boil (when the water produces big, rapidly breaking bubbles). Remove from heat.
  4. Empty your tea pot or mug of the tap water and add the valerian root to this container. Pour water from the kettle over the valerian root, and cover. This helps to fully release the medicinal components of the root into your cup of tea.
  5. Steep (let sit) for about 10-15 minutes. The steep time is long because you are preparing a tough root, not a more tender leaf, flower, or stem.
  6. Uncover and remove your infusion device from your tea pot or mug. If you steeped loose-leaf, pour the steeped tea through a strainer into a 2nd mug.

Your valerian root tea is ready to enjoy. You may add milk, honey, or sweetener to taste though doing so may alter the medicinal benefits of your valerian root tea. I prefer this tea with nothing added.


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        Edd Edd 

        5 months ago

        Despite the widespread info of boiling water to steep valerian root, like Tin Tin mentioned, to avoid destroying all the beneficial phytochemicals, I believe it's recommended to steep in 85F, just above room temperature water.

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        Tin Tin 

        5 months ago

        You are not supposed to boil valerian root this will eliminate the active properties.

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        Zen Sen 

        8 months ago

        kettle (stainless steel or ceramic): what you'll boil your water in...?.. did you really need to point that out.

        And I wouldn't mess with milk before bedtime if you're having sleeping problems like adding it to a sleep aiding tea.

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