Valerian Root

Latin name: Radix valeriana, Valeriana officinalis
Other names:  all-heal, European valerian, garden heliotrope, garden valerian, valeriana

What is Valerian Root?
Valerian root is a perennial flowering plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It has a history of being an ancient remedy for insomnia, and it is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Known as “nature’s tranquilizer,” valerian root was used as a sleep sedative in the United States until after World War II, when it was replaced by synthetic drug alternatives. The essential oil of the plant is used for flavoring a variety of food products, and it is also used as a condiment.

What are the health benefits of Valerian Root?
Valerian root’s most popular use is that of a sedative, as it is generally thought to balance the system, calm agitation, and stimulate fatigue. Valerian root is used to regulate the nervous system and relieve sleeplessness without creating a sense of grogginess in the user the following morning. It is used to treat anxiety, nervousness, irritability, nervous exhaustion and stress, gastrointestinal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual pains, and hypertension. When applied externally, valerian root is used to treat eczema, ulcers, and minor injuries.

Are there any precautions for taking Valerian Root?
Valerian root should not be taken by people with liver problems.

Where can I find Valerian Root?
Valerian root can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
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