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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. 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.

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  4. 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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    1. 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.


  5. 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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