Sedative, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, nervine, antispasmodic, carminative, migraine treatment, pain relief
Sleeping disorders, insomnia, anxiety, nervous asthma, hysteria, excitability, headaches, migraine, stomach upset, muscle and joint pain, menstrual cramps, menopausal conditions, hot flushes, anxiety, depression, mild tremors, epilepsy, ADHD, CFS
Avoid if pregnant, breast-feeding and two weeks before scheduled surgery. Seek medical advice if taking other medication. Do not drive or operate any dangerous machinery after taking. Reduce dose slowly after long-term use. Some limited possible side effects.
Valerian is a herb native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Medicine is made from the root. It has been used in traditional medicine since ancient Greece.
Valerian is commonly used as a sedative for sleeping disorders, especially insomnia where it is considered a good natural alternative to conventional sleeping medication. Take the tea about an hour before bed. Combined with chamomile it can produce a really mellow feeling and promote rest. Valerian can also be used for conditions such as anxiety and psychological stress including: nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, headaches, migraine, and stomach upset. Valerian is good for muscle and joint pain. Some women use valerian for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flushes and anxiety. It is also used for depression, mild tremors, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It combines well with chamomile, hops, lemon balm and spearmint. While there is some scientific evidence that valerian works for sleep disorders, although not all studies are positive.
It is recommended to avoid valerian if you are pregnant or breast-feeding and to avoid taking two weeks before scheduled surgery as valerian may effect the action of anesthetics. Seek medical advice if you are taking other medication. Do not take with pharmaceutical sedatives.Do not drive or operate any dangerous machinery after taking. To cease taking after long-term use, reduce dose slowly over a week or two to avoid side effects. If you feel dizzy and nauseous when taking valerian, it may be that you are not used to the sedative effects. Try a lower dose; just a few bits of root, to enable your body to come to terms with the phytotherpeutic effects of the herb. Generally valerian is safe for most people when used in small doses for a short-term period. Side effects can include headaches, excitability, uneasiness, sluggishness, drowsiness and even insomnia.
The tea is best made with water just off the boil – at about 90˚.