Valerian

 

Common names:

  • Valerian root

 

Essential components:

  • Valerenic acid

 

Properties:

  • Adaptogen
  • Sedative
  • Anxiolytic

 

Summary:

  • Valerian root is known to be a mild sedative and anxiolytic (anti anxiety). It is commonly used for sleep disorders like insomnia. Valerenic acid is the main component of this herb and it has been found to stimulate opioid receptors and serotonin in the brain, which induces relaxing and antidepressant effects.

 

Uses:

  • Herbal tea
  • Supplement
  • Extract

 

Precautions:
  • Can cause drowsiness and sleepiness in high amounts.