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
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.
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.