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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)


Valerian is an exceptional and popular herb that is used to cure a number of infections affecting human beings on daily basis. It is a hardy flowering plant with sweetly scented white or pink flowers that bloom during the summer. The fruit of this plant is a capsule that contains one oblong compressed seed. Besides the flowers, the entire plant as a foetid smell which mainly accentuates when bruised. It mostly grows on damp areas, but you will also find it on dry and elevated grounds. The chief constituents of valerian are a yellowish-green to brownish-yellow oil that is food on dried root. Additionally, the valerian root also contains alkaloids such as valerianine and Chatarine.

Medical uses

Valerian Officinalis is a powerful stimulant, carminative, nervine and also a great antispasmodic and it is for these reasons that it is a great herbal remedy for a number of infections. Some of the medicinal uses of valerian include the following:-

  1. You can use it to strengthen the heart and also help reduce high blood pressure that is mainly caused by stress and anxiety.


  1.  Valerian can also be used to heal ulcers and wounds when used typically. You can also use it to treat spasms and menstrual cramps.


  1. It is also a great expectorant that can be used to help in tickling and treating nervous cough, insomnia and restlessness. You just need to take it as tincture and take care of the conditions.


  1. The relaxing nature of valerian also makes it a great herbal remedy for asthma, colic and irritable bowel syndrome. It can also be used to treat neck tensions and shoulder pains.


  1. You are experience any stress-related disorders, you also need to try valerian. It will reduce mental over activity and nervousness due to its calming effect in the mind.


  1. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is also a great herbal remedy for conditions such urinary incontinence, temporomandibular joint syndrome and phobia.


Dosage and administration

When you decide to use valerian, you need to very careful as it has side effect that are brought upon by wrong dosage and administration. You thus need to have essential information on your dosage on your fingertips before you even begin taking this herb. When it comes to usage of herbs, you invariably need to consult with your doctor in order to make sure that you are using the herb as required and to cure the right infection among the many that it can cure. Dosage and administration of valerian is very difficult mainly due to lack of variability and standardization in the available forms. Hence, that’s why you need to seek medical assistance before you start using it. The typical dosage of the herb will vary from 2 to10 grams a day.

You can also use valerian as tea. You just need to mix a few table spoon of the herb in half liter water and let it boil gently for about 5 minutes. You need to make sure that you boil the tea in a closed pot as the healing vapors will not evaporate. Then you can just let it cool and drink it with honey. Noteworthy, valerian can also be used in yoghurt or juice and also with Hops as a great sleeping remedy.

Parts used

There are specific parts of valerian that are mainly used for medicinal purposes are the roots and rhizome. They are used either when dried or fresh.


There are a several benefits that make valerian one of the best herbal plants to treasure. These benefits include:-

  1. Being a great tranquilizer for many people experiencing emotional stress and anxiety.
  2. It is a great relaxant that does not cause any driving inabilities or produce any morning hangover effects.
  3. Valerian is also a great antispasmodic imperative for menstrual cramps that are mainly caused by nervousness and menstrual agitation.
  4. If you want to get rid of anxiety, you can also try valerian as it is a recommended herbal remedy.


Side effects

You should not use valerian in high doses or take it for long duration that is more than two weeks. There are known side effects of Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and they include:-

  1. Stomach ache
  2. Apathy
  3. Feeling of mental dullness or experiencing mild depression
  4. Drowsiness or dizziness
  5. Headache
  6. Abdominal pain and
  7. Allergic reactions



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