Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.), a hardy plant with fragrant pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer.
Its name derives from the Latin word valere – be well. It grows on all the wetter places to 2000 meters above sea level.Valerian’s flower extracts were used as a perfume. However, valerian root, which is used in the treatment has a strong and unpleasant odor.
Because of the calming effect since the 19th century is used as a natural sedative.
Queen of herbs with calming effect
If your life is full of stress, you’re exhausted and you cannot sleep, reach for Valerian for better health and good mood.Valerian is used primarily for the treatment of insomnia, as it allows a comfortable sleep. One of its strengths is that it does not cause drowsiness, such as pharmaceuticals for sleep.If used for insomnia, the best performance is achieved when using between 400 and 900 mg valerian extract up to two hours before bedtime.Another advantage is that it has a calming effect, which removes tension and agitation, and alleviates depression.Valerian is therefore used as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs of the benzodiazepine class, and also helps with quitting them.
It Relaxes the Muscles and Soothes the Stomach
Its soothing effect relaxes muscles and relieves the cramps, bloating, stomach pains, and an urge to vomit.Relaxes muscles and even the digestive tract and consequently eliminates the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.Valerian can help treat headaches and migraines, and reduce pain and inflammation in the joints and bones.Studies have shown that it can be useful in the treatment of sciatica, neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy.
Other Conditions Which Valerian can Help:
- Respiratory diseases
- Women’s problems
- Renal disease
- High pressure
- Nicotine addiction
- Intestinal parasites
Preparations of Valerian:
Preparations of valerian can buy in the form of tea, tincture, oil drops and capsules, extract herbal pharmacies and drug stores, and you can make them yourself.
Tea of Valerian:
- Place two three grams of valerian root in a cup of hot water and strain after 20 minutes.
- Drink two to three cups a day, and the last mandatory half hour before bedtime.
- You can add another herb for flavor, such as mint, lemon balm, and chamomile.
Tincture of valerian:
- Put the 50 grams of chopped valerian root in a liter of 40% alcohol and let stand for ten days. After that, drain, pour into bottles.
- Take the cube of sugar and put 50-55 drops of valerian tincture when you have increased beats or restless heart, against stomach pain, dizziness, mental exhaustion and insomnia.
When it’s time to pick Valerian herb:
- Pick valerian root prior to or after flowering in autumn. Clean it, chop and dry in a cool, airy place in the shade. Store in a tightly closed container.
Valerian should not be used during pregnancy and lactation, and if you also drink a sedative and barbiturate.