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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — V — Valerian

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This is an herb that was once considered magical, probably because of its hypnotic properties. All varieties of valerian appear to be sedatives. – Valerie Ann Worwood


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photo by Pamela J Eisenberg

Valerian (valeriana officinalis)

Plant appearance: tall herb 5 feet high, dark leaves, long stems; flower heads comprising many small white flowers with a pink tinge. The roots are thick and look like rope.

Part used: roots

Oil appearance: pale-dark yellow

Therapeutic uses: Gastrointestinal infections, insomnia, nervousness, stress, tension, tension headaches, stress-induced migraine, muscular spasm, cramps, restlessness, inability to relax, restless leg, trembling disorders, pimples, acne, problematic skin

Precautions: Avoid if taking sedatives or anti-depressant medication; best avoided during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

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valerian essential oil

Foot Bath for Insomnia
Lavender EO 1 drop
Sweet Marjoram EO 3 drops
Roman Chamomile EO 3 drops
Valerian EO 1 drop

Blend oils together, then use 4 drops in a warm foot bath.
Note: if the water is too hot, the oils will evaporate.

28 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — V — Valerian

    1. hypnotic has two definitions; one of them is “sleep-inducing” which leads me to believe this is the definition they are talking about; yet when some believe it is magical I have to wonder… You have a happy weekend also!


  1. Valerian is another wonderful EO. That recipe for the foot bath sounds lovely. While I don’t have trouble sleeping, I can see how a foot soak like this could be relaxing and hopefully lead to some sweet and peaceful dreams. (Although I really like the crazy interesting ones too.) 🙂

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  2. I have used Valerian for years for occasional sleep issues. I have also grown it for friends who like to make a tea with the leaves. It’s a pretty herb.

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  3. I have had Valerian tea once. It smells like dirty socks steeped in water. Now, there is a warning about the tea because of the hypnotic effects, so I only had it once. And the smell… I have drank herbal teas for decades so I am quite used to different smells and tastes that many would find unpleasant. Anyway, I have not tried the eo.

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  4. Oooh I’m interested in this for my restless limbs. Walking helps for my legs but not much does for my arms. I found a small retailer for oils in Vancouver, so I’ll see if they have it there. I just ordered the frankincense and bergamot from them and they sent along a mix of their own for free! So nice!

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