I’ve tried some commercial Valerian Root products and they do work. It’s a subtle somnolent, relaxing you more than hammering you with sleep.
Some believe that the Pied Piper of Hamelin had Valerian in his pocket, as rats are known to love the scent of the plant. Witches used Valerian in love potions to attract men for the same reason.
I pulled up a previous root a few years back and have to admit, I was put off by the smell. I’d walk into the kitchen where it was hanging and wonder if it was me that smelled like a wet dog, before remembering the plant. The thought of making a tea with it was a bit more than I could bear.
This year I planted a second Valerian though, with the intent of pulling this one up this fall, and actually doing something with it this time.