I have read that valerian is great to help you sleep. How do you actually prepare it to use?
I know it is mainly the roots that are used, but the leaves can be used as well.
It is a weed here and there are hundres of plants, so I might as well put it to some use.
Can you just chop up the leaves and put them into/ontop of a supper dish?
I know the root gets dried, but how long will it take, does it need to be dried as a whole root? What do you use to grind it to a powder with etc
any other hints for preparing it appreciated.