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Valerian is a perennial plant and is native to Europe and Asia. It grows in woodlands and meadows in temperate moist climates. It now grows in North America after having been naturalized. It can grow up to two meters high and has little clusters of pink or white flowers.The Root has a vertical rhizome and many small rootlets that grow off of it. The small rootlets are then gathered and dried at low temperatures.
Valerian was formerly classified as Valerianaceae. Now it is classified as a member of the Caprifoliacea family, joining Elderberry and the Viburnums. Some people find the smell of the Roots unpleasant and quite pungent but it’s very attractive to cats. The flowers are very sweet and pleasant.
Valerian has been used since ancient Greek and Roman times as a remedy for insomnia. In medieval Sweden, it was placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the envy of the elves.
In the 16th century Valerian was used to treat nervousness, trembling, headaches and heart palpitations. It has been used traditionally as a benefit to the nervous system and helps to promote sleep. It is said to relax the muscles lining the blood vessels. In some cases though it has acted like a stimulant that works in the opposite way and caused the same complaints it usually helps.
Valerian energetically is warming,moving and slightly drying. The scent is pungent. It has an affinity to the nervous system and for spasms in smooth muscle or skeletal tissue. Also, it can help with cramping and fullness associated with menstrual tension. For sleeping issues Valerian blends well with California Poppy and Skullcap. For pain or spasms blend it with Cramp Bark and Black Haw.Combine with Oats and Skullcap for anxiety.
How to use :
Use ½ tsp per 8 ounces of water. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 2 to 3 minutes in a covered vessel. Infuse for 15 minutes. Drink ½ to 1 cup.
Cautions & contraindications:
Avoid with pharmaceutical drugs for sleep disorders. Use caution or advice from your Health Practitioner if pregnant or breast feeding.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.