Valerian medicinal uses date back to ancient Greek and Roman times. It is valued in Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism. The plants are cultivated in Europe today for producing an over-the-counter tranquilizer. In Germany, Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is used in more than 100 over-the-counter tranquilizers and is the number one nonprescription sedative in Europe. Commonly called garden heliotrope, common Valerian or all-heal, the plant is a clumping perennial with scented leaves, stems, flowers and roots.
Valerian Medicinal Uses Overview
It has been described as a nervine, hypnotic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, nervous system tonic, sedative, stomachic, expectorant, mild anodyne, and a smooth muscle relaxant. Valerian root is probably best known as a remedy for insomnia.
Among its benefits, it may help in the treatment of:
- Anxiety, Stress & Nervous exhaustion
- Convulsions & Epilepsy
- Intestinal cramping & Gas
- Hyperactivity & Aggression
- Coughs & the Flu
Caution: Not for use during pregnancy or lactation.
Valerian Herbal Preparations and Uses
Parts Used: Root (dried and fresh), Leaf and Flower (less common)
- Tea & tincture
- Oil & Salve
Self-Heal Herbal Recipes
1 tsp. Valerian Root per 1 cup hot water. Cover and steep 10-15 minutes.
1 tsp per 1 cup cold water. Let sit 1 – 8 hours.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.