Valerian has been used in ancient Greece by Hippocrates and Dioscorides themselves as a sedative for nervousness, and to treat dyspepsia over 2000 years ago. Clinically today, its often teamed up with other relaxing herbs like lemon balm, Chamomile, Skullcap or Passionflower in order to treat conditions like insomnia, anxiety or restless legs syndrome.
It has an unmistakeable aroma and some amazing active components such as Valepotriates, essential oil, valerianic acid and its derivatives, sesquiterpenes, lignans and alkaloids. It also contains free amino acids like GABA, tyrosine, arginine and glutamine.
Valerian is a beautiful herb to prepare your body and mind for a blissful night sleep, and for general wellbeing.
Actions: Anxiolytic, mild sedative, hypnotic, spasmolytic.
Indications: Anxiety, excitability, panic attacks, emotional stress, irritability, migraine, dysmenorrhea, depression.
Pregnancy / Breastfeeding safe: Yes.
Enjoy in blends:
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Bone, K: The Ultimate Herbal Compendium: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) 2007, Pg. 67
Braun & Cohen: Herbs & Natural Supplements Vol 2, Pg 1030-1036, 2015