What is Valerian herbal remedy?
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is traditionally known to be a naturally relaxing and calming herbal medicine 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.
- Postmenopausal symptoms – some clinical research shows that taking ground valerian root can help with hot flash severity and frequency.
- Easing stomach cramps related to stress.
Valerian active ingredients and how is it working?
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. 
I would recommend you try it first as a tea, and then if needed, a stronger option as a tincture.
In conclusion, remember that it can help not only for 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! 🙂