Valerian Root and Stem Properties and Uses

Valerian root

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In this video we will take a look at Valerian.

Valerian is one of the herbs used in Dr. Sebi’s Viento and Banju formulas.

Description of valerian:

Valeriana officinalis is a plant species commonly found in the wild in various parts of the world. It is a perennial herbaceous plant known for its fragrant, delicate, and pinnate leaves, which are composed of smaller leaflets. It can grow up to 5 feet in height, with a hollow, upright stem. The plant is most renowned for its underground parts, the rhizomes and roots, which possess a strong, distinctive odor. Valerian produces clusters of small, fragrant, white or pinkish flowers that bloom in the summer months. These flowers are arranged in umbels and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. The root system of Valerian consists of thick, gnarled rhizomes that give rise to the roots, which are the primary part used for medicinal purposes.

It’s Scientific Name is:
Valeriana officinalis

It is from the Family:

Valerian’s Other Names include:
Valerian root, Valeriana, All-heal, Garden Valerian, Capon’s tail, Phu, Setwell, and Vandal root

Properties and Actions:
Valerian has been traditionally used as a sedative, anxiolytic, and mild analgesic. It contains compounds which are believed to contribute to its sedative properties. Valerian is known to relax smooth muscle, making it useful for conditions like insomnia, anxiety, and muscle cramps. It also has antispasmodic and carminative properties, aiding in digestive complaints. The root also has a calming effect on the nervous system.

Parts Used Medicinally:
The root and rhizome of the Valerian plant are used for medicinal purposes. The root and rhizome are commonly used to prepare various herbal remedies. They can be used fresh or dried to make tinctures, capsules, teas, and extracts.

Medicinal Uses:
Valerian has a long history of use in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and North America, for its medicinal properties. It is cultivated and wild-harvested in many regions. It is used mainly for:

#1 Insomnia and Sleep Disorders: Valerian has long been used as a natural remedy to improve sleep quality and treat insomnia.
#2 Anxiety and Stress: Valerian can help alleviate anxiety and stress due to its sedative effects.
#3 Muscle Relaxation: It is used to ease muscle tension and relieve cramps.
#4 Digestive Disorders: Valerian’s antispasmodic properties make it beneficial for gastrointestinal complaints like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and indigestion.

Research or Studies about Valerian:
Numerous studies have investigated the efficacy of Valerian for sleep disorders and anxiety. A meta-analysis published in the journal Sleep Medicine Reviews in 2020 concluded that Valerian significantly improved sleep quality and reduced sleep latency compared to a placebo.

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects:
– Valerian is generally considered safe when used as directed. However, it may cause drowsiness, so it should not be used before driving or operating heavy machinery.
– Valerian may also interact with medications such as sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs, and alcohol, potentially enhancing their effects.

Preparation and Dosage:
– Valerian root can be consumed in various forms, such as capsules, tinctures, or teas. The recommended dosage may vary depending on the specific product and the individual’s needs.
– Typical doses for insomnia and anxiety range from 300 to 600 mg of dried Valerian root or 2 to 3 mL of tincture taken 30 minutes to 2 hours before bedtime.

Here are two valerian recipes.
1. Valerian Tea for Anxiety
– Dried Valerian root
– Boiling water

1. Steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried Valerian root in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
2. Strain and drink the tea to help alleviate anxiety and promote relaxation.

2. Valerian and Lemon Balm Relaxing Syrup:
– Dried Valerian root
– Dried Lemon Balm leaves
– Agave nectar or date sugar
– Water

1. Simmer 1 part Valerian root and 1 part Lemon Balm in 4 parts water for 15-20 minutes.
2. Strain the liquid and mix it with an equal amount of agave or date sugar.
3. Take 1-2 teaspoons of this syrup as needed for relaxation and stress relief.

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