Natures Tranquilizer Valerian
The Valerian herb has rightly earned the reputation as
nature's tranquilizer. Indeed, this popular herb is known to
calm the nerves without any of the side effects that
prescription drugs have to offer.
The smell of Valerian is known to be strong, distinctive and
unpleasant, but this seems a rather small price to pay for the
effects of this popular herb. The herb was nicknamed phu by the
Greek physician Galen, but its official scientific name is
Valerian is one of the best researched of the modern herbs.
It has chemicals called valepotriates that are developed in
valerian extracts. These chemicals appear to have a depressive
activity on the nervous system
Valerian has been described as pungent, bitter, dry and
cool. The plants constituents are volatile oils (including
isovalerianic acid and borneol), alkaloids, inridoids, and
The herb has several actions. It is a
known tranquilizer, antispasmodic, a diuretic, expectorant, a
carminative, a mild anodyne, and it is known for its ability to
lower the blood pressure.
The most commonly used part of the Valerian plant is the
root. The root is well known for its ability to control nervous
tension. It is highly regarded as an herbal remedy to treat
anxiety and insomnia.
The root is also well known for its ability to strengthen
the heart and has been known to reduce high blood pressure.
The Valerian root is also well known for its ability to aid
in the healing of wounds and ulcers.
The plant is also applied topically to control the symptoms
associated with muscle cramps.
Valerian can also be used as an expectorant. It has been
known to help tickling coughs.
The Valerian plant is most commonly harvested in the
There are several other ways to prepare the valerian root.
For instance, it can be prepared into a maceration to treat
insomnia or symptoms of anxiety. Simply soak two tablespoons of
chopped, fresh herb in a cup of cold water for roughly eight to
ten hours. Many herbalists combine other herbs with this
concoction. A good choice is peppermint, which can be added to
the water to make the taste of the concoction more
Valerian can also be infused to make a hot tea that can be
taken to treat the symptoms of insomnia and anxiety.
The Valerian herb can also be used to create a strong and
potent tincture. The tincture can be taken to treat anxiety and
insomnia. It is recommended that doses of Valerian tinctures
are started low. A good dose to start with is 1-2 ml. Some
people are known to develop headaches after using Valerian. You
can avoid this by starting with a low dose. Doses of the
Valerian plant can gradually be increased, if so desired.
Valerian can also be made into a compress. Simply soak a
clean pad in a tincture and place over the skin to relieve
muscle cramps. A wash can also be created to treat chronic
ulcers and wounds, and it can be used to draw out