Traditional therapeutic use
- Sedative – better than synthetic drugs as it also enhances your ability to concentrate.
- Mild somniferous (inducing sleep).
- Anti-hypertensive (for high blood pressure).
- Antispasmodic and anti-epileptic.
- Anti-neurotic agent.
- Dulls the central nervous system, therefore it can be used for motor restlessness, increased tension, psychomotor disorders of the heart, and functional disorders of blood circulation.
- Reduces headaches, dizziness, and migraine.
- Helps with psychogenetic palpitations and inorganic heart complaints.
- Anticonvulsant – especially when caused by kidney stones.
- Calms the nerves in menopause. Labile hypertension and cardiac neurosis are soothers, including those sensitive to weather changes.
- Relieving cramps.
- Soothing, healing hysteria.
- Curing chronic skin diseases.
- For students: Exam revision calming and concentration tonic.
Possible side effects
A few people feel sluggish in the morning after taking valerian, especially at higher doses. Valerian may cause headaches, stomach upset, mental dullness, excitability, uneasiness, heart disturbances, and even insomnia in some people.
Some people experience a dry mouth or vivid dreams.
Valerian slows down the central nervous system. Anaesthesia and other medications used during surgery also affect the central nervous system, thus the combined effects might be harmful. Stop taking valerian at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Some research claims that it is safe to drive after taking valerian, while others contradict this. Please seek medical advice if you plan to drive or operate heavy machinery.
Our plants are harvested during particular seasons, and times of the day and according to the lunar calendar to ensure the plants or parts of them have the highest nutritional value. For example, roots are picked on a waning moon. Once harvested, they are packaged by hand because we try to avoid using metal equipment and utensils that could reduce the beneficial properties of the plant.
Because these products do contain active ingredients, please ensure that you do not exceed the recommended doses and if in any doubt, or if you experience any side effects – however slight – please consult your doctor or healthcare professional.