Valerian is a herbaceous perennial that is hardy in zones 4 to 8. This plant is native to Europe and temperate Asia; our seeds are the standard European wild form of this plant.
Spiritual and Magickal Usage:
- Add valerian root to spells and rituals for overcoming guilt and negative self-talk.
- Hang a sprig of valerian under a window to ward off evil.
- Add to herbal incense for uncrossing.
- When added to a nighttime tea, valerian root helps treat insomnia allowing for a more restful sleep.
- Infusions and tinctures have been used to ease anxiety and stress.
- Add a little valerian to your cat's toys; they find it intoxicating, similar to catnip.
Valerian prefers full sun to partial shade with moist but well-drained soils. This plant adapts well to a wide range of conditions and is a light-dependent germinator. Sow seeds in the spring. Tamp seeds securely into the surface of your soil and keep evenly moist until germination. Germination generally occurs within 10 to 16 days. Seedlings will have a very "un-valerian" in appearance at first, which may be confusing. The leaves will divide and begin to resemble the standard form for this plant. When ready to add to the garden bed, space your plants one to two feet apart. Flowers will be white in the second year and can reach a height of five feet or more.
All information is provided for educational purposes with no guarantee of results; please use all herbal products with care.
One packet of 100 valerian (Valeriana officinalis) seeds. They are certified organically grown.