Valerian is a perennial flowering plant and is found throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan. While the fresh plant has very little odor, once dried the root forms isovaleric acid which causes its pungent smell. The roots are used in traditional herbal medicine for anxiety and anxiety related insomnia.
Other names: Ail-Heal, Amantilla. Setwall, Setewale. Capon's Tail, Heliotrope, Vandal Root
Harvested in September.
Store in a cool, dry place.
For an infusion: Pour 8oz just boiled water over 1 teaspoon herb. Let steep 15 minutes before drinking.
For tincture: 1 part dried herb to 6 parts spirit to 9 parts filtered water.