"Stinky boots!", I exclaim, offering the open bag of valerian root to our newest, bright young team member. "It helps you sleep!"
"It doesn't smell so bad", he states after a brief whiff. I'm disappointed. I usually get a more satisfying reaction than that.
"Hold a tick, you didn't get a good smell. Try this", I hope the bag a little wider and offer again. Poor Jonah enthusiastically puts his whole face in the bag and before I can warn him otherwise, he reels backwards.
"Augggh!!!", he exclaims.
Oops. Too far.
"There we go!", I exclaim, nervously. "What is it?", he asks, horrified.
"Valerian root!" The best and worst thing that ever happened to lovers of sleep.
Natural sedative. Divine sleep. Yes, please!
And, well, it smells a little like... you guessed it...
And then God created lavender and lovers of sleep breathed a sigh of relief.
I know I certainly did.
At the beginning of 2020, I tasked myself with creating a sleep tea. With some extensive research, I realised pretty quickly that valerian root had to be a key ingredient.