Many people don’t know about one of the oldest herbs in existence valerian. Valerian has many healing qualities… in fact the latin root word valere means to be healthy. Valerian is the best selling herbal preparation in Europe… and valerian will grow just about any where in the world so you can grow your own.
Valerian is one of the best herbs for stress… helping with insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, and inducing relaxation. And valerian is not addictive and has proven to be safe, effective, and side effect free it taken in normal amounts… and valerian has been used all the way back to the middle ages without problems. In fact at certain times it was used as food, and it even given to the soldiers during WW1 to calm their stress.
Also valerian relaxes muscles and the whole body during sleep… thus you have less aches, pains, and stiffness in the morning. Valerian contains gamma animo butyric acid which allows the brain to relax and calm away anxiety… thus creating natural sleep without feeling groggy in the morning. And valerian is very important for fatigue… because not sleeping well creates fatigue.
Valerian is a good anti-inflammatory agent helping with swelling, pain, and redness… plus it also calms nerves… and promotes peace of mind.
Valerian also works as a very good antispasmodic agent for the GI tract and for muscles cramps. Also works well for irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease… and also for PMS pain, headaches, and cramps. Works wonders for colic, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and indigestion from stress.
And a study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that a water based infusions of valerian worked amazingly well for stopping epileptic seizures. Studies with valerian with hyperactive children show that 100% of the children had excellent improvement… with a reduction of 75% in symptoms. European studies on headaches show valerian works wonders… and studies in the US show that valerian works exceedingly well for anxiety, insomnia, and stress.
Valerian also helps with depression, shingles, nerve pain, mood enhancement, epilepsy, panic attacks, tension, ADD and ADHD, sciatica, MS, hysteria, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other stress related diseases. It can also help with tachycardia and irregular heart beats… creating a natural rhythm for the heart… and it can stabilize blood pressure and help prevent blood clots too.
Valerian is a powerful antioxidant helping to scavenge away free radicals and slow the aging process and help prevent degradation of cell walls. Plus it also works to protect the brain from the effects of stress from insomnia… working to prevent damage to the brain by lipid oxidation.
Valerian should not be taken with alcohol, other sleeping aids, certain medications… and should not be taken while driving or operating machinery because it can cause drowsiness.
But valerian is one of those herbs you should have around all the time… great for the stressful lifestyles we live today.
You can buy valerian in capsules, pills, teas, and infusions on-line or at your local health food store.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist, Counselor, and Spiritual Advisor for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Center for Creative Living Church, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas www.paulhaider.com