Herb of the Day: Valerian

Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb.  This plant has been widely used as a sedative but research seems to not be able to nail down quite why this herb is so extremely effective in helping with sleep.

A couple weeks ago we introduced you to Hops.  Today we’d like to introduce you to an herb frequently used alongside hops- Valerian. Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, was one of the first to document using this herb.  This plant has been widely used as a sedative but research seems to not be able to nail down quite why this herb is so extremely effective in helping with sleep.  This herb is popular for sleep disturbances as it does not contain addictive properties like some over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids do.   The flowers smell lovely and remind many people of a cherry-vanilla scent.  The roots are used medicinally and have a sour scent commonly described as stinky socks. Valerian is typically combined with other herbs to make it more palatable. This is also popular with cats, often even more than catnip!!

Uses

  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Relaxation
  • Ulcers
  • Spasms
  • Tranquilizer
  • Stomach and menstrual cramps
  • Anxiety

The Plant

This is a perennial herb is native to Asia and Europe and is found almost worldwide.  The scientific name is Valeriana officinalis.  With beautiful clusters or trumpet-shaped flowers of pink or white and growing up to 4 feet tall valerian attracts many insects to the garden.   Seeds can be difficult to maintain so most home gardeners prefer to grow from a root division.  Provide valerian with plenty of sunlight and water and soon you’ll enjoy the stunning flowers! Harvest the roots in the fall  and allow several months to dry.

TriLight Health and Valerian

Peace Treaty, Contract Ease, Snooze-EZ

Cecelia says

Cecelia says  Snooze EZ“I am so thankful for Snooze EZ when I'm having trouble falling asleep or staying that way. It has always been so helpful to get a good night's rest.”“I am so thankful for Snooze EZ when I’m having trouble falling asleep or staying that way. It has always been so helpful to get a good night’s rest.”

 

 

Have you ever tried valerian?  

Valerian should not be used alongside any prescription medications for anxiety or insomnia such as benzodiazepines.
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Photo attribute: Jeffdelonge [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply