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How to Brew Pre-Bagged or Loose-Leaf Valerian Root Tea
Valerian root is the pungent-smelling root of the valerian plant (Valeriana officinalis or 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 teaspoon (about 2 grams) dried valerian root
- infusion device (like a tea ball, heat seal tea bag, piece of cheesecloth and string, or steep loose and use a strainer after brewing)
- 8 ounces of filtered water and hot water from the tap
- Fill the tea pot or mug you'll be steeping in with hot tap water to warm the container.
- 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.
- Heat 6–8 ounces of filtered water in your kettle on your stove to third boil (when the water produces big, rapidly breaking bubbles). Remove from heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 second 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 tea. I prefer this tea with nothing added.
Lee Tea on July 18, 2020:
Yeah you're not boiling the valerian root, you're boiling the water. And if you want to release those active constituents from the root instead of leaving them trapped inside, you'd better make sure that water's rolling! Then, like the article says, kill the heat, add the herb, cover and steep...and there you have it - a valerian root tea that actually WORKS!
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David A Lawton on March 09, 2019:
Most recent supply of VALERIAN root for insomnia. Purchased with:
Advised to soak to teaspoons in a glass of water, for overnight.
Filter the soaked Valerian with sieve, add to luke warm cooled tea with the other herbs and drink.
So is radically different to every other way that has been described.
Still learning ..any comments/ suggestions ?
There you go just read the next comments: Tin Tin !
Edd Edd on February 16, 2018:
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.
Tin Tin on February 06, 2018:
You are not supposed to boil valerian root this will eliminate the active properties.
Zen Sen on November 06, 2017:
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.