Valerian is an herb that is popularly used as medicine for centuries, native to Europe and some parts of Asia. The name Valerian is derived from the Latin verb ‘valere’ that means ‘to be well’ or ‘to feel good’.
Valerian oil is steamed distilled from the roots and is used for its medicinal benefits; in fact, it has been touted for its sedative property. It is a widely recognized herbal sedative. Herbalists for insomnia, nervous anxiety and to help the body relax in the presence of pain use it.
It also contains antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, hypnotic, hypotensive, regulator and stomachic therapeutic properties known for its musty and woody aroma, a perennial tallish plant with clusters of pink or, less commonly, white flowers that belongs to the Valerianaceae family.
- The sedative property of valerian oil makes it an excellent remedy for treating insomnia. Studies have shown that valerian oil helps people to fall asleep faster and is found that they have good sleep without any mental disturbances. Simply massage all over the body or a few drops in bath water before retiring to bed will do the trick.
- Valerian oil aids in treating migraines, gout pains, rheumatism, and headaches associated with the common cold. With its antispasmodic properties, this lovely oil is used widely in the healing of muscular spasms.
- Valerian oil is helpful in treating burns, cuts, wounds, open sores, eczema, bruises, psoriasis, itchiness, boils, acne and scars because of its antibacterial properties.
- Valerian oil stimulates the appetite and treat indigestion and other digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, and digestive ulcers.
- It can be used to alleviate stress-related indigestion.
- Valerian oil is helpful with PMS and painful periods. It can also help to lower blood pressure.
Pregnant and nursing women should avoid Valerian oil and a health care provider must be contacted before use. Drowsiness or not being able to stay attentive is the most typical of the negative side effects.