valerian tea

The Benefits of Consuming Valerian Tea 

Valerian is a natural herb that originates from certain parts of Asia and Europe. The most powerful part of the valerian plant is the root which has many health and medicinal benefits. Valerian is often utilized to treat various issues like anxiety and ongoing acute insomnia. In this article, we will delve into the uses, benefits and side effects of consuming valerian tea specifically.

Here are some of the most common benefits of drinking valerian tea:

Reduces Symptoms of Insomnia

Studies have reported that consuming valerian tea or any other form of valerian approximately one hour before sleep could help to decrease the time it takes to slip into a true restful sleep by 20 minutes or more. Most of the studies refer to taking a valerian root tablet however, drinking one 300ml cup of natural valerian root tea works just as well. The studies also suggest that you would need to consume the tea for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks before you start to experience notable results. Although not as potent as the more popular sleep aid tablets, valerian can act as an effective alternative to over the counter sleep medication.

Menopause Symptoms 

Studies have also shown that drinking valerian tea daily, 1 to 2 cups per day can help to relieve some of the symptoms of menopause. The studies also revealed that in order to experience noticeable results, you must consume the tea or the pills for at least 6 to 8 weeks.

Anxiety 

Consuming valerian tea can help to relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety; however, there is no real evidence to suggest that drinking valerian tea can cure anxiety. Two or three cups a day may help to reduce feelings of panic and fear.

Pain Reduction During Menstrual Cycle

Some studies have revealed that taking valerian root pills or consuming valerian tea can help to relieve the pain associated with menstrual cycles. Drinking at least two cups a day might help with this.

Other Symptoms of Menstruation

Other symptoms associated with menstruation include, restlessness, anger, sadness or fear can also be reduced by either drinking valerian tea or consuming valerian pills instead.

Stress 

Studies report that consuming valerian in pill form can decrease overall feelings of stress. Anxiety associated with stress, heart palpitations and other issues connected to overall feelings of stress can be relieved by consuming valerian tea on a regular basis.

Some other Issues That Can be Relieved by Consuming Valerian Tea 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Headaches
  • High-level fatigue disorders
  • Seizures

Side Effects

Here are some of the side effects associated with consuming valerian root tea:

Scientific studies have highlighted the safety of consuming valerian root in both pill and tea form. It is vital that you consult a medical professional prior to consuming valerian tea especially if you suffer from a chronic illness. Now let’s get into some of the side effects connected to consuming valerian tea.

Remember that it is best to consume tea in cycles. The recommended cycle is 8 weeks on and 2 weeks off.

  • Headache 

Although some studies have highlighted that valerian root can help to relieve headaches, in some cases, drinking tea or consuming the pills can increase headache symptoms.

  • Abdominal Pain

Some consumers have reported abdominal pain after consuming valerian tea.

  • Heart Palpitations 

Although heart palpitations are not common, they have been reported.

  • Irritability 

Some users have reported slight feeling of irritability after consuming valerian tea.

Risks when taking Valerian tea

  • Surgical Procedure 

Health professionals recommend that you stop drinking valerian tea about two weeks prior to undergoing a surgical procedure. The reason being, medications administered during, prior and after surgery may cause dangerous side effects when combined with valerian root tea or pills. Therefore, to stay safe it is best to cease consumption prior to any minor or major surgical procedure.

  • Alcoholic Beverages 

The combination of alcohol and valerian root could prove deadly. Therefore, if you are consuming valerian tea, it is vital that you cease all consumption of alcohol.

  • Anxiety Medications 

Do not combine anxiety medications with valerian tea, it could cause very unpleasant side effects such as excessive drowsiness and severe headaches.

  • Sedation Medications 

Any medication designed to sedate should not be combined with valerian tea or any other form of valerian. Especially medication associated with surgical procedures. Speak to a qualified health professional regarding medications to be cautious of when consuming valerian tea.

  • Medications That Work With The Liver

Some medications work by interacting with the liver. The liver breaks down the medication to evenly distribute it throughout the body. When these medications are combined with valerian root tea or valerian pills the do not work effectively. Therefore, when your doctor prescribes any medication it is vital that you explain to them that you are currently taking valerian tea. They will advise you as to whether or not you should continue to take the valerian tea or not.

Valerian Tea Dosage

The exact amount of valerian tea to consume is not set in stone. However, for sleep issues such as insomnia, drink one teacup of valerian tea two hours prior to your usual bedtime. There are different ways of consuming valerian root tea, however, such as tea bags and loose leaf tea. To get the dosage right, the easiest way is to use the teabags. One tea bag is enough to make one cup of tea. Steep the teabag in hot water for 10 to15 minutes for a stronger tea. For a weaker tea, steep the tea for about 5 minutes in boiling water.

Caution

Test the strength of the tea for several weeks before you increase the strength. If you have never taken valerian tea or any other sleep aid before, it is essential that you ease yourself into it rather than drinking large amounts prior to monitoring how your body reacts to the tea.  Studies do not indicate the exact dosage when in relation to the tea. Most of the research undertaken regarding valerian tea points to the dosage associated with consuming the pills. Therefore, consulting your doctor is highly recommended.

How To Prepare Valerian Tea

The First thing you need to do is choose your tea. You can either opt for pure valerian root which has not been mixed with any other herbs, or you can go for an herbal blend. Herbal blends are great for beginners, people that have never consumed valerian tea before. The safest way of consuming herbal blends is to purchase ready-mixed herbal blend teabags.

Storage Instructions

When storing any herbal teas, it is best to remove them from their original packaging and place them into the air and watertight container. It is also best to store the tea in a place that is cool and dry, preferably away from light sources.

Making Valerian Tea

Using tea bags makes life easier when making valerian tea. If you are using pure valerian root in teabag form, one teabag per cup should be sufficient. However, if you are using an herbal blend, you might need to use two bags depending on the amount of valerian in the herbal blend. Most loose leaf herbal blends or single herbal formulas will come with instructions.

Boil water until it reaches its boiling point, then pour the water out into a cup or teapot. Add tea bags or loose herbs in a tea ball. Let the tea steep for about 15 minutes by covering the cup teapot and leaving it to sit. For a weaker tea, reduce the amount of time the tea steeps for.

For the most effective results when drinking valerian tea, drink straight away after steeping it. Waiting for too long prior to consuming it could most definitely reduce its overall effectiveness. Also, if you want to experience results relating to insomnia or restlessness, take the tea at least 2 hours before your scheduled bedtime.

Valerian root is a very powerful natural herb that has been used for many years in reducing the symptoms associated with anxiety and sleeplessness. Just like any herbal or medicinal supplement, it is vital that you consult your doctor prior to embarking on a course of valerian root tea. Take precautions when consuming the tea combined with over the counter or prescription medications.

Valerian tea can be used to relieve the symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and menstruation. However, studies are yet to fully prove its effectiveness for all of the above-mentioned issues. It is best to carefully begin taking the tea in small doses to test how your body reacts to the tea before taking it in large doses. Valerian root is a naturally grown plant that originates from Europe, Asia and certain parts of North America. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant or taking any medications, especially medications that help with anxiety or depression, consult your doctor before drinking valerian tea.