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      Valerian health benefits

      Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has traditionally been used to 

      treat insomnia, hysteria, hypochondria, nervous headaches and migraines


      It has also been used throughout history to treat cramps and  rheumatic pains.


      Valerian can be used to treat:



      Depression (in combination with St John's wort)

      Anxiety (in combination with St John's wort)




      Nervous Headache


      Intestinal colic

      Period pain

      Rheumatic pains



      Side effects and contraindications

      Studies suggest that valerian is generally safe to use for short periods of time (eg 4 to 6 weeks). There has been no research on long term use.

      Valerian can cause mild side effects, such as headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness the morning after its use.


      If depression is not adequately treated, it can become severe. Anyone who may have depression should see a doctor and/or qualified naturopathic practitioner


      Active compounds:

      Valerian root contains iridoids (also known as valepotriates) essential oli and some varieties also contain valerinic acid (cyclopentane sesquiterpenes).


      Based on a 1:3 herb to alcohol ratio tincture take 2ml to 4 ml three times a day

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