Valerian Herb - Herbal Tea

Valerian Root Tea

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Valerian Herb

Valerian Health Benefits

Valerian is a flowering perennial plant with sweet scented white or pink flowers that can become overpowering when placed together in a vase. Valerian was introduced to North America from Europe and Asia and is used medicinally today in the same way it was throughout history; as a sedative. Though it is often referred to as the herbal formm of valium, there is no relationship between valerian root and valium other than they both are sedatives.

Valerian root is available in dried forms, tinctures and capsules and is nearly exclusively used for its sedative effects; however, it has been used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and a few other complaints.

Valerian Tea

Valerian Root Tea

Valerian tea is prepared by steeping 1 – 2 teaspoons dried valerian root herb in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes. This should be diluted by ½ for children less than 12 years of age and by ½ again for children less than 6 years of age.

Valerian Uses & Herbal Remedies

Valerian Health Benefits

Valerian tea

Valerian root is used to treat insomnia and anxiety and is most useful after taken for a couple weeks before significant results are found. It was originally used to in relation with epilepsy.

Valerian has been used to treat gastrointestinal spasms, epilepsy and ADHD; however, no scientific research supports these uses.

Valerian herb is thought to be desired by rats and has been used to bait rat traps. In some versions of the story, in addition to his flute the Pied Piper of Hamlin used Valerian to attract the rats.

In some cats Valerian has the same effect as Catnip.

Valerian Cautions

Side Effects of Valerian

Some persons may experience the opposite effect when using Valerian and may have headache, agitation and night terrors. These are some of the side effects of valerian.

Due to lack of study Valerian is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Children under 3 years of age should not be given Valerian.

Valerian should not be used in combination with alcohol or barbiturates.

Do not operate machinery or drive until you know how Valerian affects you.

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