Fear of Flying

Take Valerian Tincture 1000mg as a natural aid to coping with anxiety, stress and panic when you are afraid of flying

Valerian was widely used to treat civilians for shell shock, panic and stress during bombing raids in the second world war. It helps to relieve the symptoms of anxiety e.g. extreme worry, panic attacks, tremors, palpitations & sweating so is helpful for controlling nerves, anxiety and when facing phobias. Known as a 'daytime sedative', Valerian does not sedate the body so performance, concentration and memory are unaffected during the day.

  • Calms your mind and reduces anxiety
  • Helps you to cope during flights
  • Reduces palpitations and sweating
  • Does not leave you groggy or feeling heavily sedated
  • Used in World War II during the Blitz bombing
  • 100ml travels through Customs controls

Napiers Valerian Tincture is a high strength preparation, designed by herbalists to act fast and give you quick relief and a sense of calm again.


Napiers Valerian Tincture is a licensed herbal remedy used to aid sleep and for the temporary relief of the symptoms of mild anxiety, based exclusively on traditional use only. 

Anxiety is when you are feeling anxious, nervous or worried, or if you are having panic attacks. Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety at some point in their life and Valerian can help them cope.

Napiers Valerian Tincture can help the following symptoms of anxiety: 

  • nervous tension
  • irritability
  • stress or anxiety
  • muscle tension from anxiety
  • restless legs at night
  • hysteria or twitchiness
  • minor phobias
  • fear of flying
  • wedding nerves
  • performance anxiety
  • exam nerves
  • insomnia; interrupted sleep through worrying 


Each 5 ml dose contains practitioner strength 1:1 fluid extracts equivalent to 1000 mg of herbs per 5 ml of: 1000mg Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)


For Adults and the Elderly.

To relieve the symptoms of mild anxiety: Take one 5 ml teaspoonful in water or fruit juice when necessary, up to three times a day. 

You will notice the action of Valerian after 10-15 minutes, taking full effect within 20-30 minutes. If you are taking Valerian to reduce the anxiety associated with flying, take your first dose before you leave home as you start to worry about the journey. Once at the airport, check-in, go through passport control and security checks. The bottle is the right size to be allowed through security fitting into the mandatory plastic bag with your toiletries. When you get flight-side, buy a bottle of water and check that your flight is not delayed. 

Once at the departure gate, when the flight is ready to board, take a second 5ml dose of Valerian with a little water. (If you are buying this from napiers.net ask for a free measuring cup in the comments box of your order.) Then sit calmly, breathing slowly and deeply, while the Valerian takes effect, and visualise the final destination - not thinking about the actual flight - think of the tropical beach, family reunion, stimulating work challenges that are the reason for your trip. 

Perhaps rub some Napiers Lavender Gel into your temples and the back of your neck as this also has a soothing, calming effect.

As you board the flight, notice that you are now feeling calm and relaxed. Get seated and fasten your seatbelt. Perhaps insert ear plugs to reduce the noise around you. Close your eyes, paying attention to your breathing, and imagine that you are at your destination, lying in the warm sunshine, or laughing with friends or colleagues, perhaps even try to sleep a little.

If you do notice some panicky feelings starting to emerge recite the following mantra over and over again, while keeping shoulders relaxed and hands open in your lap. Repeat in your head or quietly and slowly: 
"Valerian keeps me safe and calm. Valerian keeps me safe and calm. 
I am cool, calm and at peace. I am cool, calm and at peace."
Repeat this over and over again.

On a long haul flight, ask the stewardess to notify you half an hour before landing and take a third 5ml dose. The pilot usually announces that the flight will soon be landing around 15-20 minutes before it does. Again, notice the calming effects of the Valerian and concentrate on breathing and visualisations.

Land safely at your destination and have a very pleasant flight!

To aid sleep: Take one 5ml teaspoonful in water or fruit juice half to one hour before bedtime, with an earlier dose during the evening if necessary. Take continuously for 2-4 weeks for full effect.

Valerian can be taken in the evenings to help sleep that is interrupted by incessant worrying, an overactive mind, and restlessness in the body. Taking both evening doses, one after the evening meal and one before bed, is recommended for the best effect.

Do not exceed 4 doses in one day (24 hour period).


Do not take if you are: 

  • are under 18 years of age 
  • have a hypersensitivity to Valerian Root 
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients 
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding 
  • having liver disease or epilepsy 
  • are already taking a medicine for sleep or anxiety 
  • are taking medicines known to interact with alcohol e.g. metronidazole

Hypersensitivity to Valerian root is rare, but may effect 1 in 1000 people. In these people, Valerian does not have the desired effect. If you are using Valerian to reduce anxiety when you travel, try it out several days before your flight to notice the effects it has on you. Don't try it for the very first time as you are checking in!

Valerian increases the effect of alcohol, so it is not a good idea to combine it with drinking a lot of alcohol!

Valerian has not been tested for safety in children under 18 years old.


Valerian is listed in the British Pharmaceutical Codex and is one of the most common non-prescriptive sedatives on the market in Europe. It is thought that Valerian targets GABA (benzodiazepine) receptors in the brain helping to reduce anxious feelings. It is safe, non-addictive, sedative, relaxing and antispasmodic.

Valerian for Fear of Flying

Valerian for Fear of Flying

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