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