Thursday, November 13, 2014

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) monograph

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)
Family: Valerianacea

Common medicinal properties:  Adaptogens,  Anodyne ,  Antispasmodic , Aromatic , Nervine, Sedative

Current Research:


Alcohol interacts with VALERIAN
Sedative medications (Benzodiazepines) interacts with VALERIAN
Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with VALERIAN

Parts Used:  Roots

Constituents:  acetic acid, ascorbic acid, beta-ionone, calcium, caffeic acid, magnesium, manganese, quercitin, valeric acid

Folk applications:  Used in protective sachets, hung in the home to guard against lightning and placed in pillows to aid in falling asleep. A sprig of the plant pinned to a women’s clothing will cause men to “Follow her like children”. The plant will calm quarrelling couples. Valerian root, powdered, is sometimes used as graveyard dirt in workings.

Personal observations



Water infusion:

Alcohol infusion from dried:

Oil infusion:

Essential oil:


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