How to Use Valerian In Your Diet

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 11:08 AM

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Why use Valerian?
Valerian, an exotic herb from North America, has many health benefits. Valerian benefits include its ability to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression and reduce cholesterol. Hence, it is advisable to include it in your diet. Also, valerian reduces the time it takes you to fall asleep. Valerian tincture has been found effective in promoting restful sleep.

How to use valerian in your diet:
1. Valerian Tea: The main medicinal part of valerian is its root. Add valerian root (about 3 grams) to tea and allow it to seep into the tea for about 10 to 15 minutes. Valerian tea has sedative effects and healing properties.
2. Valerian Tincture: Add 15-20 drops of valerian tincture to a glass of water and drink. This can be particularly useful to ensure that one can sleep restfully during the night.
3. As Salad Ingredient: Add Valerian leaves to a salad containing cherry tomatoes (cut in quarters) and cheese slices. Sprinkle salt and add some olive oil.
4. Valerian Tisane: Marinate hawthorn petals, valerian leaves and petals in cold water containing orange peel. Boil. Add orange juice and sugar.
Note: To get the best effects from valerian, stop consuming caffeine and alcohol.

Caution: Valerian should not be taken by children, pregnant/lactating women, and people with liver disease.

For more on Valerian, see below:

What Conditions Valerian Helps

Importance of Valerian

What Are the Best Sources of Valerian?

Top 5 Health Benefits of Valerian


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