My run-in with Valerian tea.... I have been having trouble sleeping for quite some time. :yawn I have medication but, of course, can't take it every night or I will become dependant on it. :nono Melatonin no longer works for me. Have tried every other remedy I have ever heard: Warm milk, warm milk with nutmeg (thanks, red! :thumb), herbal teas, reading, adjusting diet and exercise, etc.... NOTHING WORKS! =grrr My husband suggested trying valerian root. Okay.... =shrug I've heard it works, so WHY NOT? :lol We went to a whole foods store and bought a package of valerian root and a box of valerian tea. As soon as I picked it up off the shelf, I could tell it smelled AWFUL! But... I was willing to try it. :blah Last night, DH brewed up a cup of the tea for me. The minute he put the bag in the water, the smell permeated the entire house. :worried He put in milk, a pinch of sugar and quite a bit of honey and plopped the cup in front of me. Ick... it still smelled awful. =gulp Down my mouth it went uke SO GROSS!!... it tasted like I went into the back yard, picked some weeds, threw it in hot water and added a sprinkle of dirt. But, it worked... for a while. The effect wore off after about an hour... but I still want to use it, just not as early! =hammer Question is... how do I make it taste decent??? And what do you do with the whole root? I don't know why we got that package =dunno What the heck do I do with it??