Valerian Oil








valerian Valeriana officinalis

Valerian oil.....

Valerian is an herbaceous perennial plant with pink or white flowers. This herb has been highly esteemed since medieval times and was used in ancient Greece and Rome as a medicinal plant. It used to be called “all heal”. Other names given to this plant is garden valerian and garden heliotrope even though it isn’t a member of the genus Heliotropium.

In Europe the oil has been used for cholera, epilepsy, and skin complaints. It has historical use as a sedative, migraine headache medicine, and pain reliever. It seems to have some affinity for the GABA receptors in the central nervous system and has been also used for sleep.

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Reconstruction of a 10th Century Wooden Russian Orthodox Church, Vitebsk, Belarus

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Botanical Name - Valeriana officinalis

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Root

Note Classification - Base

Aroma - Warm-woody, balsamic, musky

Largest Producing Countries - Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Britain, Scandinavia, Hungary, China, and Russia

Traditional Use – Valerian oil is used in pharmaceutical preparations as a relaxant. It’s also used as a fragrance component in soaps and in ‘moss’ and ‘forest’ fragrances.

Properties - Anodyne (mild), antidandruff, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, depressant of the central nervous system, diuretic, hypnotic, hypotensive, regulator, sedative, and stomachic.

Benefits - Insomnia, migraine, nervous indigestion, restlessness and tension states.

Blends Well With - Cedarwood, costus, lavender, mandarin, oakmoss, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, and rosemary.

Safety DataValerian oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and possibly sensitizing. This oil isn’t to be used while pregnant.

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Close-Up of Blue Shutter, Window and Yellow Pansies, Villefranche Sur Mer, Provence, France

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