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Valerian Root Cut & Sifted

Valerian Root Cut & Sifted

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Valerian is a spreading, flowering plant native to Europe and North America that is sometimes called garden heliotrope.

The fragrant flowers were once widely used in perfumery. The fresh roots, however, are distinctly unpleasant smelling to humans but wildly attractive to cats. Dried valerian root is traditionally tinctured to extract the plant’s valerenic acid content.

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approximate cups to one pound4
active compoundsIridoids, Alkaloids, Volatile oil
plant part usedroot
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in a tightly sealed container away from heat, light and moisture.
appearance & aromaWoody and fibrous with a “cheesy” odor.


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culinaryTincture in alcohol or decoct as a tea or tonic.

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cut & sifted
valerian root

Bitter and acrid when prepared as tea.

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what else you should know

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valerian root

Valerian is a flowering perennial native to Europe, Asia and the Americas. The root and rhizomes of the plant are dried and chopped for use in teas and tonics.

Please note that valerian root is highly stimulating to cats. This is because the root contains a chemical called actinidine, a natural plant pheromone that attracts cats, rats and some insects.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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