Valerian Hot Chocolate for Anxiety

  • Recipe courtesy of James Wong
  • Show: Grow Your Own Drugs
  • Episode: Roots

Total Time:
15 min
5 min
Inactive Prep:
10 min
3 cups


  • 3 tablespoons fresh valerian root
  • 3 3/4 cups full-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon balm leaves
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lavender flowers
  • 6 leaves and 3 heads from fresh passion flowers
  • Peel of 1 1/2 oranges
  • 1 3/4 ounces dark chocolate (minimum 50-percent cocoa solids)
  • Dash vanilla extract


Chop the top and bottom from the fresh valerian root, and then place in a saucepan with the milk, lemon balm, lavender, passion flowers and orange peel and gently heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain.

Pour the infused milk back into the pan, and then add the dark chocolate and vanilla extract and stir until melted. Drink at once.


The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.