Valerian Essential Oil And Its Benefits
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, Valerian is a perennial flowering plant with aromatic feathery leaves and clusters of sweetly scented, small pink or white flowers that bloom from June through to September.
Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since time immemorial. Evidences can be found at least at the time of ancient Greece and Rome. The Greek physician, Hippocrates described its properties and included them in is theories. Galen of Pergamon, the prominent Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman Empire, prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century. Thus in medieval Sweden, it was sometimes placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the “demons”. Pilgram Marpeck, the South German Anabaptist leader in the 16th century, prescribed valerian tea for sick women.
- Valerian has a sedative effect so it can help you relax after a stressful, hectic day and also help you sleep peacefully. Valerian is most often used as an alternative medicine for insomnia in place of hypnotic drugs.
- It can be used to treat nervousness, trembling, headaches, and heart palpitations.
- It can be beneficial for anxiety and stress and depression too. It helps people cope with emotional trauma and tension.
- It’s a stress reliever and boosts stamina. This oil is perfect for the relaxation of mind and body. Add two drops in an oil burner containing water. Light a candle inside it and enjoy the aroma. Valerian Root essential oil has a rich, deep, woody aroma that you’ll love.
- It is very effective in fighting against gastrointestinal distress and Spasms. Valerian is an antispasmodic that suppresses muscle spasms.
- Valerian was also used in many traditional love potions and aphrodisiacs.
It creates the right balance of creating excitement while relaxing hypertensive and nervous moods by naturally lowering the blood pressure. This is the perfect oil if you want to spice up your life while keeping a composed nature.
- It is a great pain-killer and can used to combat stomach cramps, flatulence, gastritis, arthritis and enteritis. The high anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing the swelling and also the pain.
- Valerian stimulates the appetite, improve digestion and help combat stress-related indigestion.
- Valerian Root essential oil has been used for skin complaints, such as ulcers, eczema and minor sores and (closed) wounds.
- Valerian can also be used for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause.
Words of Caution:
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, directly on the affected areas. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil.
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