Valeriana officinalis

Common Valerian - Valeriana officinalis

Family: Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae)
Common names: Real Valerian, Common Valerian
Short description: up to 2 meters high
Flowers: forked, hemispherical to umbrella-shaped, dense inflorescences, flowers 3 - 8 mm long, very many pale pink, rarely more white flowers
Leaves: pinnate with 3 - 14 pairs of leaflets and terminal leaflets or feathered
Roots: The roots with their numerous fibers are brown on the outside and whitish on the inside
Habitat: wet meadows, riverside, moist forests on alkaline soils
Collection time: root from September to October
Use: The ingredients of valerian are mainly essential oil, valeric acids and valepotriate. For application one uses above all the roots and prepares an extract or a tincture. You can also make a tea from it. This tea has a relaxing effect, relieves cramps and even eliminates fears.

Common Valerian wine

Roots of the plant
One organic orange
One bottle of good white wine

Clean and mince the roots. Then fill in a well-sealable 1-liter glass. Add some grated orange peel (or lemon) and the white wine. Now you can leave this for 2 weeks. Then you sift the wine off.
A liqueur glass before sleeping can work wonders!