Valerian Root is well known as a sleep aid. It has been clinically studied for its relaxation properties. Aromatherapists will use it for its grounding and balancing properties. It is also helpful for stress and anxiety. Alone, it smells like dirty socks, but blends well with other oils.Uses of Valerian Root Essential Oil
NepalHistory and Background
Valerian Root is an ancient oil, found in Rome and Greece, and used for insomnia. Native American Indians used Valerian for a wound antiseptic. This oil is referenced in the Old Testament and in Egyptian papyri. Valerian was known to be an aid for chronic conditions, such as rheumatism, slow healing skin infections, such as abcesses and ulcers. It was found in many recipes for killing pain, relieves spasms, moving fluid, and diuretic, and stimulates menstrual flow.
Before the advent of prescription medications, Valerian Root was widely used as a sleep remedy. It is still widely used as a sleep aid and has been clinically studied for its relaxation properties. Aromatherapists will use it for its grounding and balancing properties. It is also helpful for stress and anxiety. Primarily used in the perfume industry, you will find it also in incense for rituals.
This oil is yellow to olive green in color.Aromatic Description
pungent, earthy, musky, most often described as smelling like "dirty socks"Biological Makeup and Components
bornyl acetate, isovalerate, caryophyllene, pinene, valeranone, ionone, eugenyl isovalerae, borneol, valerianal sesquiterpenes, valerenic acidExtraction Technique
steam distillation of the rhizomesInformation for Aromatherapists
Valerian blends well with Amyris, Basil, Chamomiles, Cedarwood, Lavender, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Pine Rose, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang. Use in small concentrations.
Our Valerian Root essential oil is 100% pure, wildcrafted, and natural. It is free of any chemicals, pesticides, synthetic perfumes, fillers, or carrier oils.Cautions