Traditional cups with valerian tea, valerian tea leaves, and a teapot on a table
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Valerian Tea Recipe for Better Sleep

This pungent-smelling tea is your answer to better sleep 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: valerian root, valerian root tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 2 tsp of valerian root (fresh, dry or powdered)
  • 2 cups of water (filtered)
  • 1 tsp of honey or sugar (optional)


  • To make valerian root tea, heat the water to a simmer, but do not boil it; excess heat can neutralize many of the beneficial phytonutrients in the root. The water should be warm, not hot.
  • Add the valerian root to the water and cover the pot.
  • Allow the root to steep for at least 10 minutes; you can wait for as long as 30 minutes to ensure that all the nutrients are released into the water.
  • Strain the mixture and add honey or sugar, as valerian root tea can be quite bitter, particularly after steeping the root for a long time.
  •  Enjoy your perfectly brewed cup of tea!
    A cup of valerian root tea, kept next to valerian root and flowers, against a white background