Valerian plant is a flowering plant whose roots are often referred to as "nature's Valium." Valerian is well known for its strong, distinct aroma and although the blossoms are sweetly scented, the root of the plant is more reminiscent of old cheese. Please note that valerian root is highly stimulating to cats. It has a bitter and acrid flavor and is most often taken as a tea, liquid extract or in capsule form shortly before retiring for the night. This non-habit forming herb may help improve sleep, promote relaxation and reduce anxiety because of its variety of antioxidants and compounds. It is often used in bedtime formulas and sleep pillows.
Dried Root / Cut & Sifted
TISANE "HERBAL" TEA BREW TIMES:
Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes
Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes
Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes
*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.
Specific: Caution is advised during the use of barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and other sedative drugs, as valerian has the potential to increase the effects of some sedatives.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.
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