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Valerian Root

What is Valerian root?

Valerian is a flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The root of the plant is carefully crushed and has been used for thousands of years as a herbal remedy, its odour is rather pungent and is often referred to as being comparable to smelly feet.

Valerian is a complex herb comprising of over 120 chemical components. Valerian root contains a number of active constituents, including valerenic acid and various valepotriates, which are responsible for its sedative effects.

What can Valerian root be used for?

Valerian root it well known for a number of properties, often associated with anxiety, depression, and poor sleep, however it is also used to treat many different human ailments, typically these include:

  • Sleep aid – Valerian root has long been used medicinally to treat insomnia, and this use still continues today. Owing to its mild calming effects, it has a number of benefits to people who struggle with sleep, as it helps increase the quality and duration of sleep and also helps people who suffer from insomnia. It is most beneficial if taken shortly before your go to bed
  • Period pain - Valerian root may help relief menstrual cramps and period pain, owing to its muscle relaxing properties and its ability to tranquilise the nervous system, which helps alleviate different types of pains 
  • Anxiety and panic attacks – Valerian root can be used to help relieve anxiety
  • Stomach ache - Valerian root may help relief stomach cramps, owing to its muscle relaxing properties and its ability to tranquilise the nervous system, which helps alleviate different types of pains
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain 
  • Headaches and migraines

Valerian root is most commonly available in tablet, capsule, powder, tincture and liquid. For a range of Valerian root products and supplements, be sure to browse The Health Bay.

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