Valerian root has calming
qualities and its used safely as a mild tranquilliser and sleep aid. Ideal for
sufferers of insomnia, valerian improves sleep quality, and reduce the times a person may
wake in the night. The root of the plant is the potent part and the part used by
herbalists. It can be used either fresh or dried.
prescribed amounts leave no grogginess and do not interfere with the vivid dreaming sleep
known as REM sleep. As well as this it is not addictive and produces no withdrawal
symptoms when discontinued.
How It May Benefit
Take internally for:
A mild headache or
upset stomach may develop or you may experience
more severe headache,
restlessness, nausea or blurred vision. Call your doctor immediately and stop taking the
Do not take valerian with
other tranquillisers or sedatives, because of possible additive effects.
Do not drive or work
heavy machinery while taking this herb.
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an
experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Valerian is widely
available dried or as capsules, tinctures, and teas.