Valerian Root, Herb and Tea Benefits
Found growing throughout Europe, valerian is a perennial plant that can reach 4 feet in height. It has hollow stems and white or reddish flowers that bloom every summer. Most of the valerian used medicinally is grown on farms. Other valerian species grow naturally in Africa, Asia, and North America.
Best known for its calming effect, valerian is used in connection with insomnia, nervousness and related conditions.
To substantiate the value of valerian for both insomnia and anxiety, several studies have been conducted. Most of the results indicated that valerian does indeed have some value for both insomnia and anxiety. However, these studies employed relatively small sample sizes and used extremely different doses of valerian and they varied widely in the length of time valerian was taken and the methods utilized to determine the results.
While valerian is most commonly administered orally, it may also be added to bath water to help relieve nervousness and to induce sleep. Similarly, valerian can be boiled and the resulting steam can be inhaled to produce the same effect.Dosage and Administration
When taking Valerian supplements, check the product packaging to ensure that contents are standardized to contain 0.8 valerenic or valeric acid.