Sleep valerian tea with leaves and flowers on a teacup

Sleepy valerian tea

  • Easy

Check out this sleepy valerian tea recipe with dried herbs for a soothing evening drink


Looking for a valerian tea recipe? Want to use valerian root to make a relaxing sleepy tea? Author of The Garden Apothecary, Christine Iverson, says: “I’ve used dried herbs in this tea mixture mainly because you can make up a batch and it will keep for longer. Try to source organic herbs from a reputable supplier; the quality can sometimes be lacking if you go for the cheapest option.”



  • dried valerian root (sedative) 25g
  • dried lemon balm (eases stress) 50g
  • dried passion flower (helps the brain to switch off) 25g
  • dried rose petals (mild sedative) 25g
  • dried hop flowers (for insomnia) 25g
  • dried lemongrass (for restful sleep) 25g


  • Step 1

    Mix all the herbs together well. Store in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place.

  • Step 2

    Use one heaped tablespoon to a cup of boiling water. Place the herbs in a tea infuser ball or small teapot.

  • Step 3

    Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Discard the herbs.

  • Step 4

    Sweeten to taste with honey or a vegan alternative and drink 30 minutes before bedtime. Keeps for 1 year.

Note: This can be quite soporific; don’t use before driving or operating machinery. Valerian should not be consumed during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

This recipe comes from The Garden Apothecary: Recipes, Remedies and Rituals (Summersdale, £11.29). The recipe has not been retested by us.