Depending on what Valerian is used for, the dosage and frequency of use can be adjusted. To ease anxiety and relieve tension, smaller doses can be taken throughout the day. As a sleep aid, a cup of tea or a few drop of tincture can be taken shortly before bedtime.
There are a number of ways to take Valerian - in capsule, tincture or tea. When using cut root, it’s easiest to prepare a tea, although making your own tincture isn’t difficult either.
Often, herbal teas are brewed with boiling or near boiling water. While these temperatures are acceptable for many herbs, the active constituents of valerian will be destroyed by hot water. It is not uncommon for people to have tried a valerian tea without any effects. Therefore, it is crucial to prepare a valerian tea with cold water.
The active range of dried valerian root is between 5 - 10 grams, depending on your weight and constitution. Experiment with a small dose and increase as needed. To prepare a tea, soak the root in a cup with cold water for as long as possible. Ideally, start the soak in the morning and use the tea in the evening, effectively soaking the herb for 12 hours. A shorter soak will also work, but it will be weaker. The absolute minimum is 15 minutes, the longer the stronger. Strain before use.
Valerian is also highly effective in tincture form. A tincture is an alcohol extract that can be mixed with water or applied straight under the tongue. Making a tincture is easy; just fill a glass jar with the herb and add enough grain ethanol or Vodka (40% minimum) to cover. Put on the cap and shake once a day. After 4 weeks filter out the herb and fill the liquid into a bottle.
It is also possible to take the dried root of Valerian as it is. Since it’s not the best tasting herb it’s easier to grind it into a powder and fill capsules with it. Our capsule machines work perfectly for this.