Valerian Root Essential Oil
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- Valerian officinalis
- Naturally Grown
About the Oil: Our Valerian Root Essential Oil is an aromatherapy specialty oil of the highest quality. With a rich, musty and deep aroma, Valerian Root is highly regarded for its support for sleep and relaxation.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
Valerian is a perennial herb with short rhizomes and aromatic feathery leaves with small pink or white flowers that bloom from June through September. The plant is native to Asia and grows up to 1.5 meters high. Also cultivated in Russia, the Baltic states, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, Scandinavia, Hungary, and China. The plant is also known as common Valerian, Valerian root, and garden heliotrope.
Valerian is derived from a Latin adjectival form of the personal name 'Valerius'. It comes from the latin verb 'valere' meaning "being well", "feeling good", and "having a good morale". This is a reference to the medicinal properties of this plant. What a lovely name for a plant. It is truly a signature of the plant's ability to support one in 'feeling good' by being well rested, grounded and emotionally balanced.
ABOUT THE OIL
A base note with a strong, warm, earthy, woody, balsamic scent, and a distinct 'musk-like' character of great complexity, Valerian essential oil is steam-distilled from the rhizomes of Valerian officinalis.
A slightly thick oil very similar to Spikenard, Valerian is traditionally used as a sedative and anti-spasmodic. Be careful to use only a small amount; it is very strong!
Valerian essential oils contain bornyl acetate, b-caryophyllene, valeranone, valerenal, bornyl iso-valerate and valerenic acid.
Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Known to herbalists as 'all heal', Valerian is a warming, sedative herb with bitter principles. Valerian is used to calm the nerves, assist with pain relief, stimulate the appetite, lower blood pressure, relax spasms and improve digestion. Both Hippocrates and Galen recommended Valerian as a remedy for insomnia. The plant was sometimes sewn into the wedding clothes of grooms in medieval Sweden to ward off the "envy" of the elves. Or perhaps it was to welcome the protection of the elves into the sacred marriage.
In Europe, Valerian essential oil has been used for cholera, epilepsy, and various skin complaints. The oil is also used in perfumery and soaps for its musky and woodsy aroma.
- reduces dandruff
- neutralizes microbes
- heals minor sores and closed wounds
- Good for eczema.
- relaxes muscles
- relaxes cramping
- settles digestion
- increases absorption in the intestines
- promotes normal peristalsis
- assists the body's natural eliminatory response
- increases appetite
- relaxes cramping
- decreases blood circulation
- promotes urination
- helps maintain kidney action
- depresses the Central nervous system
- promotes sleep
- calms the nervous system
- relieves stress
- reduces incidence of migraine and tension headaches
- Valerian Root is emotionally balancing and grounding.
- Valerian Root is so linked to the glandular/endocrine experience of taste that the mere thought of it will make people dream. Sensitive individuals should however avoid it in the evening, as it has slightly stimulating properties.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
- Inhale to receive the nervous system benefits.
- Researchers have pinpointed the sesquiterpenes 'valerenic acid' and 'valerone' as the active constituents that exert a calming and restorative effect on the central nervous system.
- massage, compress, bath, skincare
- Topically, Valerian has been used for skin complaints such as ulcers, eczema, minor sores and closed wounds.
- Apply a small amount on the feet or temples for rest and improved sleep. Be prepared, it has a potent aroma!
Valerian Root Essential Oil is a base note with a very rich, tenacious, musky, woody, balsamic aroma.
Valerian essential oil bends well with essential oils of Cedarwood, Lavender, Mandarin, Dark Patchouli, Petitgrain, Pine, and Rosemary, and Tangerine, and Wild Orange.
Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible skin sensitization. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
Do NOT use during pregnancy.
Do NOT use in combination with pharmaceutical sedatives, antidepressants, or alcohol.