Valeriana officinalisValerinaceae Valerian Also known as: Setwall, all-heal, amantilla, fragrant valerian.
Valerian is a well known herb with a bad rap. The plant smells terrible, and the root even worse. I say it smells like diabetes because it has that sticky sweet smell diabetics get when their blood sugar is extremely and chronically out of control. That nasty smell comes from a compound that is also one of nature’s strongest nervines. Valerian is best used in compounds or capsules as it is easier to mask the taste this way. “Used wherever nervous tension, overactivity, or an inability to relax are present, valerian’s gently sedative action helps to soothe and slow a nervous system that is beginning to spin out of control. It is one of the first herbs to consider when a remedy is needed to ease anxiety and panic attacks.” -Andrew Chevallier – Herbal Remedies Taken internally Valerian is a
- Pain and anxiety relieving, calming, and antispasmodic.
- Used for stress, insomnia, nervous tension, and migraine.
- Commonly treats PMS, stress, headaches and tension.
- It decreases muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and nervous indigestion.
- It is used to induce sleep and does not interfere with the natural sleep cycles like prescription medications do allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready for the day.
- Calming hyperactive children
- The leaf can be included in ointments and massage oils as an analgesic and is wonderful for healing wounds.
- As a treatment along with hops and skullcap, for hypertension during labor.
- A tincture can be taken to stop the after labor “shakes”.
- It is recommended in a tincture with blue cocosh, and witch-hazel for an anti-hemmorhage tincture.
Cautions: Valerian is not habit forming, and when taken in recommended doses, does not produce a groggy side effect the next day. Valerian can rarely cause headaches, depression, and palpitations if overused. Take in recommended doses only, or increase doses slowly. People taking medications for insomnia or anxiety, such as benzodiazepines, should not combine these medications with valerian. Can cause drowsiness so avoid when driving or using machinery.
Before taking any natural supplements be sure to consult your natural health care provider, herbalist, acupuncturist or other holistic practitioner. This is not intended as medical advice but for informational purposes only.
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