Valerian root is an herbal supplement that has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and alleviate anxiety. It is derived from the root of the Valeriana officinalis plant, which is native to Europe and Asia but is now also grown in North America.
Valerian root contains several compounds, including valerenic acid, which is believed to be responsible for its sedative effects. It is commonly used as a natural remedy for insomnia and other sleep disorders, as it can help to calm the mind and improve sleep quality.
Valerian root is available in various forms, including capsules, tablets, extracts, and teas. It is generally considered safe when taken in recommended doses, although it may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or headache in some people. It is important to talk to a healthcare provider before taking valerian root, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications.
While valerian root is generally considered safe, it may interact with certain medications or cause adverse effects in some individuals. It is always best to speak with a healthcare provider before using any herbal supplement, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medications.
Valerian root is a trailing plant with delicate, aromatic flowers and feathery foliage. The root of the plant is also highly aromatic, although it’s reminiscent of well-worn sneakers when fresh.
Most people generally find the herb makes a relaxing cup of tea, or encapsulate the powdered root as a dietary supplement.
Note: Valerian is reported to be a mutagen, so it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Magical Uses: Samhain/Yule work, health, sleep, calm, resolution of arguments
Elemental Correspondences: Water
Planetary Correspondences: Jupiter
Botanical Name: Valeriana Officinalis
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