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Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!


VALERIAN (Valeriana officinalis)

The herb Valerian is also known as Valerian Root, Common Valerian, Phu, Setwall, Garden Heliotrope and Baldrianwurzel.

VALERIAN This perennial herb has short, aromatic (foul smelling after dried) rhizomes or roots, which are the only part used in herbal remedies.

Valerian is a native European and Asian plant that is now also widely grown in North America.

Valerian Root has been used medicinally by the ancient Greeks and Romans, through the middle ages until modern times.

The Valarian rhizomes are harvested in the fall, dried and then prepared as capsules, tablets, liquid volatile oils, and teas.

Benefits and uses:

Internal use:
- aids with pain relief
- Valerian improves digestion and stimulates appetite
- lower blood pressure and has some benefit with irregular heartbeat
- it acts as a muscle relaxant and eases trembling
- Valerian Root is used to calm the nerves
- is a mild natural sedatives and sleep aid that helps with insomnia
- it eases menstrual pain
- has some effect on headaches
- it is used to moderate depression and mood swings
- it is said to relieve anxiety and paranoia

External use:
- the volatile oilcan be used topically to aid ulcers and minor sores
- Valerian's volatile oils can be used in bath water

Tea:
A tea can be made from the dried Valerian herb.

To prepare, never boil the herb directly. Add the Valerian Root tea to previously boiled water and let steep for a few minutes. Boiling this herb will distroy its medicinal constituents.

This tea taken before bedtime, will make drowsing off easier with out the side effects that commercial drugs can have.

Due to its awful taste, Valerian Root is often added to other teas such as camimelle or lavender. Sweetening with honey also takes some of the edge off.

Once you get past the horrible smell and pungent taste of Valerian Root, you will appreciate its relaxing properties.

Cautions:
As Valerian causes drowsiness it should not be used along side of other sedatives, such as alcohol or sleeping pills.

In rare cases, side effects can be mild headache or upset stomach.



Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!




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