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Valerian

(Valeriana officinalis)

Description

Valerian root has calming qualities and it’s used safely as a mild tranquilliser and sleep aid. Ideal for sufferers of insomnia, valerian improves sleep quality, and reduce the times a person may wake in the night. The root of the plant is the potent part and the part used by herbalists. It can be used either fresh or dried. 

Unlike barbiturates, prescribed amounts leave no grogginess and do not interfere with the vivid dreaming sleep known as REM sleep. As well as this it is not addictive and produces no withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. 

How It May Benefit You

Take internally for: 

  • insomnia

  • anxiety

  • nervousness

  • anxiety-induced heart palpitations.

  • headache.

  • intestinal pains.

  • menstrual cramps. 

Caution

  • A mild headache or upset stomach may develop or you may experience 

  • more severe headache, restlessness, nausea or blurred vision. Call your doctor immediately and stop taking the herb. 

  • Do not take valerian with other tranquillisers or sedatives, because of possible additive effects. 

  • Do not drive or work heavy machinery while taking this herb.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Valerian is widely available dried or as capsules, tinctures, and teas.