Valeriana tea is an herbal beverage made from the roots and underground stems of the valerian plant. Possible benefits of drinking the tea include improved sleep, decreased stress, menstrual symptom relief, and even a reduction of menopausal symptoms.
Although commercially sold valeriana tea products may contain a range of different herbs, the primary ingredient is usually valerian. The valerian plant (Valeriana officinalis) grows in North and South America but is native to Europe and China. The plant is famous for its distinct smell that many describe as similar to dirty socks.
Valeriana is often called a magic sleep potion and according to some reports is the number one non-prescription sedative in Europe. Many describe the taste of valerian tea as woodsy. The plant grows well in moist, grassy areas so the tea has an earthy quality that is distinctive. The longer you brew valerian tea, the more intense the taste will be.
Valerian Tea Health Benefits:
The most widely acknowledged benefit of valerian tea is its sleep-enhancing properties. Evidence shows that taking valerian can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and may also improve sleep quality.
Some believe that valeriana tea may decrease anxiety or psychological stress.
Studies have shown that valerian may help relieve menstrual cramps and may improve hot flashes and insomnia in postmenopausal women.