Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)is an extremely popular plant because of the medicinal properties it possesses. This plant acts calming on the nervous system and has a de-stressing effect. Even its Latin name Valera means being good.
Valerian has a natural anti-depressant, sedative, homeopathic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, and antioxidant properties.
The efficacy of this plant in the fight against stress, anxiety, insomnia, anger and most of the negative and tense emotions has been clinically proven and confirmed.
Health Benefits Of Valerian Root And How To Use It
Valerian has been used in folk medicine since the time of ancient Greece, from wounded soldiers in First and Second World War to women with menstrual problems. In today’s world, this plant has a special place in homeopathic culture due to its powerful healing properties.
You can use this plant:
- Against poor quality sleep and insomnia
- Helps with PMS
- Against all nervous irritations, sensitivity, nervousness
- Helps against dizziness, hypochondria, depression
- Against stress and irritability
- It is excellent for stomach and intestinal diseases (vomiting, inflammation, colic, and intestine nervousness)
- Against sweating of palms and necks caused by nervousness
- Helps with easing respiratory diseases
- Against tension headaches
- High pressure
- Against accelerated heart rate (tachycardia)
- Diseases of the urinary system
- Against bad concentration
- Muscle tension and problem with the joints such as pain and inflammation
With all the benefits already mentioned, this plant also eases the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and sciatica.
The main medicinal ingredient is high-quality essential oil and valeric acid, which has a sedative and anxiolytic effect. It is used in the form of tinctures, tablets, capsules or tea.
However, we suggest taking Valerian root in a form of tea. Here’s how to do it and consume it.
Add a full teaspoon of chopped valerian root in 2.5 dl (one cup) of warm water and leave for 20 minutes. Drink this tea while is warm, no more than two to three cups of tea per day. Moreover, if you use this tea against insomnia and poor quality sleep you should drink a cup 20 minutes before going to bed.
You should not use valerian root during pregnancy and lactation. Furthermore, don’t use valerian root if you take antidepressants, alcohol or sleeping pills because it can increase the effect of the pills and cause various side effects. You also shouldn’t give Valerian root to children and people who are suffering from hypothyroidism. If you take thyroid hormones and suffer from insomnia we suggest trying melatonin supplement instead.