Valerian is native plant used since antiquity for its sedative and anxiolytic properties.
The oils contain similar effects with benzodiazepines, a class of drugs with sedative, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant and anesthetic properties, which are often used to provide relief in the short term severe anxiety or insomnia.
The mechanism of action of valerian, however, remains largely unknown.
Previously valerian used in patients with epilepsy.
Apart from the therapeutic use of, valerian is known for its use in perfumery and in the cultivation of ornamental purposes because of wild flowers and resistance to extreme weather conditions.
Valerian blooms from summer to autumn mainly in places with wet and cold climates. You can find it on fields but also to cultivate your own garden or in a pot on your balcony. Gather the roots in the fall and make sure you Dry off the light or look for them in pharmacies and herbalists.
In addition to the anxiolytic properties, valerian considered useful for cases of arthritis, neuralgia, colitis, hypertension, intestinal colic, rheumatic pain and dysmenorrhea and for cramps, migraines, insomnia, nervous toothache and asthma.
If you have a headache, you can drink a decoction by boiling 10 grams of valerian leaves or valerian root in a liter of water.
To combat insomnia, leave for 45 minutes one handful valerian leaves in two cups of boiling water, well blanketing the vessel not to cool the beverage. Drink 3-4 times a day and 30-45 minutes before bedtime.
It is important to be aware that large doses of valerian cause malaise.
Its use should only be for a week, with a break below two to three weeks.
In the period of “abstinence” may relaxation bath with shower gel with 5-10 valerian drops of essential oil to the water.