Herb Spotlight: Valerian to Naturally Relieve Insomnia

This herb is powerful in helping induce calm sleep without a heavy sedated feeling. Did you know that most prescriptions medications were derived from herbal treatments? Valerian is actually the original root herb of popular synthetic sedative Valium.

Breakdown of Valerian:

Scientific Name: Valeriana officinalis [aka: allheal, bloody butcher]

Parts Used: root, essential oil

Magickal Stats: Water element, ruled by Saturn

Valeriana_officinalis_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-143Improves Function Of:

  • Circulatory system
  • Nervous System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Insomnia
  • Hysteria
  • Tense muscles
  • Cramps & Spasms
  • Nervous Headache
  • PMS

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Protect & purify in case of a mischievous spirit
  • Bring & Release negative emotions

How Does It Work:

Although it isn’t entirely proven that Valerian will help with insomnia and nerve issues the positive treatments with Valerian are due to it’s ability to create more gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). This chemical can quell anxiety and calm the nervous system. Valium and Xanax also work by increasing GABA in the brain to calm anxiety and induce sleep. It is one of the few sedatives that doesn’t give a drowsy, drugged feeling after a good night’s sleep. It can improve the ability to fall asleep and the overall quality of sleep.

What Do I Do With It:

Liquid Extract: 30-40 drops of oil can be taken as a supplement 2-5 times per day. Studies show that effects take 28 days to be fully felt. Ceremonial oil blends including valerian can be used for clearing negativity.

Dry Root: Use the dried roots to make a tea blend before bed. You can also make a pillow for your cat and watch them go crazy for the smell. Incense and satchets used to clear negative emotions.

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