Friday, August 10, 2012

Import blog herb valerian

Blog EntryOct 23, '07 2:12 PM
for everyone

Entry for August 29, 2007-Herb Thursdays-Valerian Root
I decided to do a study on valerian root. Our hostess of herb thursdays is sea nymph she has an outstanding blog on elderberry-good info for the flu season coming up too.
It is something I have always, since I can remember, kept on hand to use when I get into not being able to sleep for a week at a time. The bottle I am using now says 3 capsuals, but I never take the whole amount-I took 2 last night. I did pretty much go right to sleep about an hour after taking, but then I woke up real hard and fast about 5 hours later. I did catch a little more sleep after. I think next time I try it, I will just do 1 capsual. this is the first I have used it now in a year or so, I actually totally forgot about it until one of my blog friends-simple life-suggested it last night
I also never did alot of research on this one, but had read that it was safe.It is not something I would take on a regular basis, but it has been especially helpful when I have gone thru extreme stress periods in my life.
Here is the research info I found on the net:

Valerian Herb

We might as well give it to you straight: Valerian has an odor only a rat could love. In fact, legend has it that the Pied Piper used this very herb — more so than his hypnotic music — to lure the rodents from Hamelin. But if you can get past valerian’s unpleasant aroma, say herbalists, you might find that its natural properties have the power to lure your cares away.
The word “valerian” is thought to be derived from the Latin valere, meaning “to be healthy or strong.” Valerian is a common plant with roots having well-known medicinal properties. Valerian has been used orally for centuries as a sedative, sleep aid, antispasmodic, and digestive aid. Evidence from animal and human studies of valerian supports sedative, anxiolytic, and spasmolytic effects. The German Commission E, known internationally as a leading authority on the therapeutic use of herbs, approved the use of valerian as a sleep aid.
Evidence generally supports valerian as a safe herb. Of 28 clinical trials reviewed, no serious adverse events occurred in participants taking valerian.* Specific side effects were very rare, but included vivid dreams, headache, gastrointestinal discomfort, slight dizziness, heavy sleep, depression, paradoxical stimulation, and residual sleepiness. Research indicated that valerian carried little to no risk of residual sedation the morning after use at doses ranging from 160 mg to 900 mg, which is an advantage in comparison to other sleep aids (benzodiazepines and diphenhydramine) for which residual sedation is a common side effect. As with any sedative, individual responses to valerian may vary.
Although residual sedation appears to be uncommon, persons taking valerian should be alerted to the potential effect and cautioned not to drive if they feel excessively sleepy the morning after valerian use.
Additionally, persons at risk for liver dysfunction should avoid the herb. Valerian should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women, given that one study on mice demonstrated mildly reduced fetal development.
* “Valerian use for sleep disturbances related to rheumatoid arthritis,” Holistic Nursing Practice, 1 May 2004.
article from here- this is a short but excellent article too
Valerian root should be harvested in the autumn of its second year. Valerian works well in combination with other tranquilizing herbs such as passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) to safely induce sleep, or skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) to relieve nervous tension. The somewhat bitter, unpleasant taste of the tea may be masked by adding peppermint oil, or the user can take the herb in capsule form. Combinations contain equal parts of each herb. The herb may be drunk as an herbal tea, used as a tincture, or swallowed in capsule form one hour before bedtime
from here
Gardening info:
and from this last site above, I bookmarked this site too-lots of neat info

Valerian Root Essential Oil
This herb is considered Water of Water in terms of Elemental magick, but to me its scent is Earth. This typically rooty, earth-like fragrance is calming and sedating. Many consider this a Jupiter aroma, and it is indeed named for a war-loving Roman emperor (who ended up being skinned by the king of Syria). Some say this a good substitution for spikenard, which smells musky only at first. Steam-distilled from Valeriana officinalis in China.
Combining With Other Essential Oils
Many people do not like the musky scent of this oil, but a little can add much depth to a magickal oil, especially those that evoke the forest. The fragrance of valerian blends well with cedarwood, lavender, mandarin, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, and rosemary. Top
This plant which produces bright pink to white flowers, grows 20 to 40 inches in height. It is native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia, and is cultivated in Europe, Japan, and the U.S.
Avoid If...
Unless your doctor approves, do not bathe with Valerian extract or use the volatile oil if you have a large skin injury, an acute skin disorder, a severe infection, heart problems, or severe muscle tension. Special Cautions
In rare instances, Valerian can cause digestive problems or an allergic reaction. Long-term use can lead to headache, restlessness, sleeplessness, pupil dilation, and heart problems.
Because of Valerian's sedative effect, it's best to avoid operating machinery or driving for several hours after taking the herb. Possible Drug Interactions
Avoid combining Valerian with other sedatives, including barbiturates such as Nembutal and benzodiazepine medications such as Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, and Xanax. Although there is no evidence of an interaction with alcohol, it's considered best to avoid this combination as well.
this info taken from here, more good info here too
I couldn't believe it when I found this perfume recipe-any of you that have taken valerian, know to close your nose when opening the bottle

The Recipe
Falling Stars Perfume Recipe By Pioneer Thinking
Easy to make and truly inspired, our Falling Star Perfume recipe is soon to become your favorite. Catch your falling star.
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 5 drops lavender essential/fragrance oil
  • 10 drops chamomile essential/fragrance oil
  • 10 drops valerian essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark color bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area.
from here

Herbal baths suggesting valerian
Herbal Baths 1 cup oatmeal
1 Tbsp. herbs
1 drop essential oil
Mix oatmeal, herbs and oil and fill bath bags with mixture. Oatmeal is used
because it is a natural skin softener and cleanser. STIMULATING BATHS:
basil, bay, calendula, citronella, fennel horseradish roots, lavender, lemon
verbena, lovage root, marjoram, mint, nettle, pine needles, queen of the
meadow, sage, rosemary, savory,thyme, vetiver root. SOOTHING BATHS: catnip,
chamomile, comfrey, elder, primrose, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berries, lemon
balm, linden flowers, marshmallow root, melilot, mullein, passionflower
flowers, roses, slippery elm inner bark, tansy, violet, valerian root,
vervain (whole plant).

this came from a fantastic site-loaded with recipes for soaps, lotions, your own bath salts, etc etc I definately bookmarked this one for future use
In conclusion, as with any herbal supplement you wish to add, and especially if you are taking medications for other things, always always consult with your health professional first.

Valerian is sold as a dietary supplement and is available as an extract in powder or liquid form, as a dried herb in tea form, or in pills. As a sleep aid, valerian is most effective if you take it shortly before bedtime. For anxiety, you may take a dose 3 times or more during the day, including before bedtime.
People often use valerian in combination with other herbs, including St. John's wort, passionflower, lemon balm, kava, and hops.
Valerian does not interfere with sleep cycles or with restful REM sleep.

What is valerian root used for?

People use valerian to relieve anxiety, depression, and poor sleep, and also to lessen menstrual and stomach cramps. Research shows valerian has a mild calming effect that does not usually result in sleepiness the next day.2 As a sleep aid, valerian seems to be most effective for people who have trouble falling asleep and who consider themselves to be poor sleepers. It also has had good results for people who wake up during the night. Some studies show that valerian may provide quick relief for poor sleep; however, it may take 2 to 4 weeks of daily use to bring improved sleep for people with serious insomnia.1


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