Valerian is mainly used for nervous tension. It is an excellent nerve tonic and as such helps greatly with anxiety, stress, and insomnia and is also used for more serious psychosomatic ailments like hysteria and panic attacks. It is an effective muscle relaxant and antispasmodic, useful for muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, and intestinal colic. Some people find it to be an effective pain relief. Valerian is also used for high blood pressure.
Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), Bitter Tonic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Hypnotic, Hypotensive, Nervine, Nervine tonic, Sedative, Tonic
1 tsp/cup, steep covered 20 mins, or 1/2 – 1 tsp tincture (more effective).
|Botanical Name||Valeriana officinalis|
|Other names||Garden Valerian, Garden Heliotope, All-heal|
|Organic Status||Australian certified before repackaging|
|Country of Origin||Poland|
|Packaging||Home compostable, reusable zip lock pouch|
|Precautions||Can increase the effects of sedative or anti-anxiety medications such as opiates, benzodiazepines and barbituates – exercise caution and take under supervision of a professional. Avoid if you take haloperidol.|
Can cause drowsiness and reduced reflexes – do not take if you need to drive or operate machinery. In 10% of the population, valerian causes the opposite effect: instead of sedation it causes agitation and restlessness.
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