What is Valerian herbal remedy?

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is known to be a traditional herbal medicine with relaxing and calming properties since the ancient Greeks and Romans used it as a sedative. 

Valerian is a wonderful herbal medicine that is simple to use in a tea form or tincture.

When taking it by itself, you will notice its strong aroma.

Herbal teas with Valerian

Today you can find Valerian as part of many nighttime herbal teas.

It goes well with other calming herbs in a tea, for example, a combination of lavender flowers and lemon balm.

Together with the other herbs, the mixture has a synergetic calming effect.

Valerian may help with:

  • anxiety and associated difficulties to feel calm and relaxed
  • difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night and not getting a night of restful sleep
  • some clinical research shows that taking ground valerian root can help with hot flash severity and frequency during postmenopausal symptoms [1]
  • easing stomach cramps related to stress

Valerian active ingredients and how is it working?

Active ingredients:

Valerian seems to act as a sedative on the brain and nervous system.

Valerenic acid and valepotriate constituents are the most famous active ingredients.

Some extracts are standardized based on the Valerenic acid constituent. These extracts can be standardized to contain from 0.25% to 1% Valerenic acid.

Multiple constituents are likely responsible for its pharmacological effects. 

 

Final thoughts about Valerian

Valerian might improve sleep quality without producing side effects. [2]

I recommend you try it first as a tea and then a stronger option as a tincture if needed.

In conclusion, remember that it can help not only sleep but also for stress in general and stomach cramps related to stress.

I wish you all a calming day and a good night sleep! 🙂

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