Too often are people prescribed synthetic pharmaceutical drugs to aid these ailments and as we all know too well, when we introduce synthetics into our body we invite horrible side effects, dependency and the alteration of our own innate physiology.
Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) is one of the many effective and healing plants that demonstrate the importance to preserve and nurture the knowledge and practice of Herbal Medicine in our world.
Valerian is known for its powerful effectiveness as a nervine herb, a tonic to tone the nerves.
Valerian is used by herbalists & naturopaths to assist the body to induce sleep, alleviate panic attacks & it’s also a great antispasmodic and can help during acute menstrual cramps and provide relief for women suffering sleeplessness caused by menopause.
Valerian’s effectiveness to relief stress can also help lower blood pressure. Valerenic acid contains an enzyme that prevents the breakdown of gamma-amino butyric acid, which is known for its ability to regulate blood pressure.
Valerian is also calming and soothing to the digestive muscles, and may provide relief for people suffering from IBS.
I prefer the tincture form when administering to myself or recommending to my clients, Adding a dropper full to some chamomile tea in the evening is a wonderful tea to enjoy before going to bed, valerian helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest & repair).
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness” - Albert Einstein
The School of Natural Healing, by Dr. John R. Christopher.