Valerian is a plant with roots that stay alive even when the stems and leaves wither.
Although it is not generally used as food, it is included in the fresh herbs used in food. In France, valerian is called “catherb” that comes from the habit of cats to eat valerian leaves when they have stomach disorders.
Beneficial properties: Valerian is one of the most drastic herbs. Its main uses are for soothing (anxiolytic) and hypnotic purposes and is also used as an antispasmodic (reduces muscle spasms) and as a light sedative. Valerian is used as a sedative, even during the day in case of stress. It is recommended for excitability, nervous tension, hysterical situations, neurological sleep disorders, insomnia, migraine headaches, menopause, menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea), intestinal colic and colitis. It also has hypotensive properties (reduces high blood pressure) and is traditionally used to treat neural problems.
Use: As a mild sedative, valerian should be taken 30-45 minutes before bedtime. In the form of dried root tea, drink it in doses 1-2 grams per cup; watch out for its high temperature because it can be very volatile. Avoid large doses for a long time.
Precautions – Contraindications: Large doses of valerian can cause indisposition. Its usage must be for one week only, with a break of two to three weeks after the next usage. Valerian is not recommended for children and should not be taken in cases of treatments with sedatives or other prescribed medications that affect the central nervous system. It should also not be taken in situations that require alertness.
The above information is not medical advice nor substitute advice of another health care professional. They are provided for information only. Do not stop any other medical care recommendations without consulting your doctor.
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