Many Americans use prescription medications manage their moods. Whether the pharmaceutical is Valium, Ritalin, Xanax, or some other pill, this is a huge segment of the pharmaceutical marketplace. However, for those Americans who are looking for help with managing their moods, a disaster situation presents a scary possible future because of the lack of availability of these pharmaceuticals.
Fortunately, at least for those struggling with insomnia and anxiety, there is a natural remedy that people can begin to cultivate now so that these people can know that they can sleep well at night when the SHTF.
This remedy is valerian root, and, fortunately, this plant is relatively easy to grow, even indoors. Valerian root, some scientists believe, is helpful for those struggling with anxiety because it increases the amount of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain much in the same way that Xanax or Valium works.
So, the question, for those without a natural green thumb, is how to grow valerian root. Fortunately, Robin Marri Miller provides an answer:
- Start with pre-moistened (but not sopping wet) potting mix in a seed tray.
- Sprinkle good quality valerian seeds on top of the soil “and then press them lightly into the soil. Do not cover them, because they need sunlight to germinate.”
- Spray the seeds with a water mist, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm and sunny place. However, Miller recommends to not place the seeds on a window sill because the plastic wrap could magnify the suns rays and burn the seeds.
- Check the seeds regularly to ensure that the soil stays moist and the environment stays humid.
- Miller advises, “When the seeds emerge from the soil, loosen the plastic wrap. When the seeds grow to 1-2 inches tall, remove the plastic wrap entirely. You will want to replant the healthiest seedlings into new containers that are 3-4 inches in height. Now you can put these seedlings on a sunny windowsill; just keep an eye out for over drying.”
- Re-pot the plants into larger containers as they continue to grow. Make sure the pots have good drainage, and realize that these plants can grow to be as tall as a man, so be aware of the space limitations that you have available.
Once the plants have grown to full size, the leaves can be used for tea. The roots can be dug up, rinsed thoroughly, cut up and soaked in water, and then dried on a rack for at least a month before usage. You can use the roots to make your own capsules or for tea for their medicinal qualities.
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