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Valerian Root: Nature's Sleep Aid


Valerian root is a very well-known herb to ease restlessness. Some may even consider it an herbal alternative to anti-anxiety medication. Valerian is a plant native to parts of Europe and Asia. It has been used for thousands of years as a way to treat insomnia. This herb can be great for both the mind and body. The active compounds in valerian have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, sedative and anti-seizure effects. As an herbalist, I would recommend valerian root over melatonin. Although valerian root has potent properties, the smell of it is FUNKY!



Valerian Root Benefits

Health Benefits may be able to:

  • Treat Insomnia and Sleepless Nights Valerian root is used as a natural sedative promoting better sleep quality, relaxation and a healthier sleep pattern

  • Improve Mood Not only does better sleep lead to a better mood, but valerian root has been shown to calm nervousness, anxiety, stress, depression and relieve nerve tension

  • Reduce Menopausal Symptoms For the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause like hot flashes and night sweats valerian root assists in relieving those menopausal symptoms as well as PMS symptoms.

  • Relieve some PMS symptoms, such as stomach cramps Due to its calming properties, valerian root may also alleviate cramps, headaches, anxiety and more.



Who Should Not Consume

It is not recommended if you:

  • Use anti-anxiety medication

  • Use sleeping medication

  • Have a liver disease

  • Are pregnant and/or breastfeeding



When to Take

Being that valerian root is a sedative, it should be taken when you are having trouble sleeping.


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Dosage

Capsule Form

  • 300mg-600mg 2-3 capsules daily (For Sleep) or 1-2 capsules 2 hours before bed

  • 120mg-200mg 1-2 capsules daily (For anxiety)


Extracts

20-25 drops from dropper 3 times daily


Raw & Dried Powder

2-3 grams or 1-2 teaspoons


Valerian root can be taken up to 2-6 weeks. You may increase or decrease the dosage as you see fit depending on your body's response. It is recommended to take breaks, or lower the dosage when taking valerian root because your body may potentially rely on it.

Valerian root should not be given to children under 3 years of age.


Side Effects

Valerian root may cause side effects:

  1. Stomach issues

  2. Lightheaded

  3. Dizziness

  4. Sleeplessness



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