Valerian Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Valeriana officinalis
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Root
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Warm-woody, balsamic, musky
Largest Producing Countries: China, France, and Hungary
Traditional Use: Widely known for its sedative properties. Valerian has a long history of treating insomnia, and other nervous tensions.
Properties: Antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, hypnotic, hypotensive, regulator, sedative, stomachic
Benefits: Indigestion, restlessness, stress, tension
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, lavender, mandarin, oakmoss, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rosemary
Of Interest: Valerian root has been known to attract cats and rats. Some versions of the Pied Piper have him using valerian along with his pipes to attract the rats from the city.
Safety Data: May cause skin irritation
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).