Valerian, garden valerian
This pink and white sweet-scented flowering plant produces a popular sedative supplement.
The chopped root.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Sedative herb that may be useful in insomnia, stress and anxiety.
Key actions: Hypnotic, mild sedative, spasmolytic (relieve spasm), anxiolytic (relieve anxiety).
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat stress related conditions such as insomnia, migraines and tension as well as muscle cramps.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb (1 to 3 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 3 to 5 ml (1:5 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 0.6 to 2 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 9 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Valerianaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Do not use if breastfeeding without consulting professional advice.
Currently only a small amount of minor side effects (vivid dreams, small stomach reactions) have been plausibly reported . Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
There is no clear evidence to prove that valerian interacts with other drugs. However there is theoretical concern about its interaction with CNS depressants and alcohol.
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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