A2Z 2020 — essential oils — V — Valerian

V letter

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

 

Valeriana officinalis, valerian, Herb Garden, Huntington L… | Flickr
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.

File:ValerianEssentialOil.png - Wikimedia Commons
valerian essential oil
RECIPE

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 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t know that it could help with acne and problematic skin! The flowers look beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      It sounds like an amazing plant. I have taken powdered valerian to sleep and it gave me very vivid dreams.

      Like

  2. Tarkabarka says:

    Tea that contains valerian is also great for my anxiety 🙂 Especially mixed with chamomile and lavender…

    The Multicolored Diary

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I need to try to find some of the herbs for tea, and I already have chamomile and lavender 🙂 Have you found it gives you vivid dreams?

      Like

  3. Frédérique says:

    I knew the use for insomnia, but not skin problem, like Shweta. Thank you for such interesting facts!
    V is for Visual Texture

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Very glad you learned something valuable, Frederique 🙂

      Like

  4. Tamara says:

    Baldriankapseln (valerian capsules) is a popular otc remedy if you’re nervous, anxious and / or have trouble sleeping.

    I had no idea about its “hypnotic properties” though?!

    Happy weekend!

    My V is about Swiss values:
    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/2020/04/a-z-2020-switzerland-values.html

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      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!

      Like

  5. I have trouble staying awake but if that ever changes I’ll remember this!

    V is for …

    Liked by 1 person

  6. 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.) 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      This is recipe I plan on trying.

      Like

  7. Kathe W. says:

    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.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I may try to grow some if I can find seeds for it.

      Like

  8. Arti says:

    The flowers look like those of Baby’s breath.
    Does it have any connection to Valium?
    Your response to Shweta’s comment has intrigued my curiosity–vivid dreams eh? Nice.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I don’t know if there is a connection. Interesting thought that it might.

      Like

  9. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, the smell isn’t good. I haven’t had the tea, and even the capsules of the powdered root have the bad smell.

      Like

  10. Pradeep says:

    Migraine is a very common illness, and it can be very painful. Glad to see that this could be helpful for it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is good. What I like about the essential oils is that they are like ninja miracle workers 🙂 Sorry for late response found your comment in spam folder.

      Like

  11. Anne Nydam says:

    I, too, was curious about the “hypnotic” properties. You’re probably right it just means sleep-inducing, but it certainly would be interesting to use it for some sort of magical mind-control in a fantasy story!
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I like the way your mind works, Anne 😉

      Like

  12. Lael-Heart says:

    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!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Awesome, Lael!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. jazzfeathers says:

    Never used the essence oil, but I have occasionally used homeopathic medicine based on Valerian. And I love the salad. LOL!

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – Living the Twenties

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    I can do with some valerian oil 🙂

    An A-Z of Faerie: Valkyries

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I looked at my herbal store and found out that stuff isn’t cheap! May be just as good to get the powdered herb in capsules if you’re looking for relaxation and/or sleep.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.