Anxiety, Insomnia, Stress, Panic Attacks, Muscle Tension, Cramps, PMS, Menopause, Hypochondria, Migraine, Croup, Convulsions.
Why it works:
Valerian is an ancient sedative, and although the exact compound that has the
tranquilizing effect has yet to be identified, recent studies have
found traces of a substance similar to THC (the active ingredient in
How to use it:
Valerian is popularly bought as a ready prepared tea.
Infusion or Decoction:
Infuse the dried roots to make a decoction. 1 tsp chopped herb to 1 cup
boiling water. Infuse 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day
1 capsule 3 times daily.
10 drops in water or juice daily.
Native to Britain and Europe and doesn't like extremes
of climate, so may need shelter from harsh winds and excess sun.
It thrives however in poor soil. Growing from seed is an expert's job,
so buy plants or divide from a friends' in Spring. However once Valerian
is established it will flourish with little attention, and makes a very
attractive addition to the garden.Can reach 5 feet tall! You can make a spray of Valerian decoction
to strengthen your other herbs.
This is a herb for occasional use. Long-term use can cause headaches,
hallucinations, nightmares, and spasms. Do not exceed the stated dose.
Keep clean roots very dry. Best stored dried quickly. You can do this in a
microwave or very cool oven. It is theoretically possible to sun-dry Valerian however
the harvest time is fall, so this is only feasible in unusually hot weather.
Recommended by Culpeper for Plague! Some older versions of the Pied Piper
of Hamlyn story give it as the herb carried in his pockets to lure the
rats. It does work on Cats just like Catnip, I've watched my cats roll for
hours in the Valerian bed.
There is a herb known as Indian Valerian which although it has similar
properties is NOT related. It can be differentiated by its far pleasenter
smell, and is used primarily as an incense or anointing oil. This Indian
Valerian is the Spikenard mentioned in the Song of Solomon.
Despite the similar usage there is no connection between Valerian and Valium. Valerian is the
safer of the two by far, and does not react with alcohol as Valium or similar
pharmaceutical tranquilizers do.