Valerian Root - Cut

Herbs: Valerian Root - Cut, Organic

Common Names: Valerian, setwell, capon’s tail
Latin Name: Valeriana officinalis
Origin: USA

Excerpts from Left for Dead

The root of the valerian plant, which emanates a putrid odor similar to that of bad cheese or mildewed clothing, has the power to sooth the nerves, quiet heart palpitations, stimulate digestion, strengthen the circulatory system, relax and smooth muscles, relieve anxiety, ease hypertension and calm hyperactivity.

Valerian root targets the higher brain centers, suppressing and regulating the autonomic nervous system. Valerian pacifies the fear of hypochondriacs, soothes the nervous and calms the hysterical.

For over 10 years, valerian has been employed in Germany to treat children with behavioral disorders such as hyperactivity.

In addition to it's benefits for the circulatory system, studies show valerian eases gastrointestinal ailments and aids digestion.

Whether taken in a tincture, tea or capsule, valerian has proven to be on of the safest and most effective sedatives available.

Although valerian can be taken in a variety of ways including elixir, extract, infusion, powder, solid or tincture, the herb should never be boiled since much of its therapeutic value is in the essential oils which would dissipate. The herb can be preserved in glycerine without any loss of potency.

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

Valerian root is a powerful, effective antispasmodic. It quiets, calms, and has a healing effect on the nervous system. Valerian root is a marvelous weapon against stress and nerves.

  • Promotes sleep if taken at night. Has no narcotic effect.
  • Relieves pain.
  • Good to normalize heart palpitations, slows action of heart while strengthening it. Good for circulatory system.
  • Stimulates secretion and peristaltic action of stomach and intestines.
  • Anti-flatulent (gas) for adults and infants.
  • Used for children with measles and scarlet fever for restlessness and pain.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Valerian has traditionally been used as a nervine, antispasmodic and stomachic. The best results have been obtained in cases of hysteria and hypochondriac, where the primary causes of difficulty are emotional or mental. It has also been helpful for migraines and insomnia, as well as depression. Cats seem to be attracted to valerian and, along with other small mammals, have been known to appear intoxicated after ingesting it.

In centuries past, it was supposedly taken as often as coffee by ladies in Germany, resulting in lack of nervousness or irritability.

In Indo-China, the root is part of an herbal combination used to treat indigestion and toothache. It is used alone to ease inflammation.

One interesting result of our nutritional study is that valerian root has the highest calcium content of any herb we tested. In fact, valerian farmers find that the plant prefers calcareous soils over shales.

Contains aromatic compounds that have a sedative effect, acting to decrease anxiety and aggression. These compounds also relieve smooth muscle spasms, lower blood pressure and improve sleep quality in cases of insomnia. The herb is relatively inactive in normal sleepers. Valerian is the very best herbal source of calcium and an excellent herbal source of magnesium.

Customer Reviews

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Valerian Scent
by Paul W. on Oct 24, 2014

Although the author, above, has characterized the scent of valerian as "moldy", I am one who loves the earthy, medicinal scent of it. If you love the scent of the Earth, and that of roots freshly pulled from it, you may be fond of valerian root's scent, as well.

by Nelli on Mar 2, 2014

What would be the dosage for a six year old in tincture form?

    Re: Dosage
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 12, 2014

    Since we are not medical professionals we can't give you exact dosages. Especially since we do not know your child and the reasons you are wanting to give him/her Valerian. Valerian root must be used with caution with young children, therefore, I would recommend that you speak with a doctor or pediatrician for some advice for your child's case. I would also check out the book ABC Herbal. It contains lots of information on raising kids with herbs! Even though you may not use Valerian for an issue, the ABC Herbal will probably give you an alternative. Thanks!

by Kristine on Feb 18, 2014

Can this be taken while nursing? I am looking for a natural treatment for migraines. My doctor has me taking percoset and prednisone which I would like to get off of.

    Re: Nursing
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 19, 2014

    We do not recommend taking Valerian while nursing because it may slow your baby's heart rate down. Thanks!

Chewing the root for smoking cessation
by Tina on Dec 23, 2013

I was told second hand about someone chewing the root in its whole form to quit smoking, but the first excerpt above states that it has a putrid smell. Given its sedative effects I would imagine that it would be good to handle the anxiety, and the chewing of the root would be a good way to work on the oral habit. Are you able to provide any insight regarding this use or thoughts in chewing the root whole? Thank you.

    Re: Chewing the root for smoking cessation
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 30, 2013

    Hello, I have not heard of chewing on Valerian. It is good as a tea or tincture as it is sedative but I'm not sure about using it orally. It would probably be just a difference of preference. Thanks!

safety of valerian root
by Jennifer on Sep 6, 2013

Can this be taken during pregnancy, and if so, how often?

    Re: safety of valerian root
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 6, 2013

    It is not recommended while pregnant. It can slow down your heart rate along with your baby's heart. Thanks!

Valerian Root - cut
by Diana on Feb 17, 2008

This herb tea has just been a blessing, my husband suffers from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), very painful nerve spasms, ....we were buying the tea bags at a local store they were very expensive,compared to buying bulk)...the Valerian root cut, (mixed with spearmint) tastes great, and relaxes the nerves so Dale can get a restful sleep!
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