Medicinal benefits of valerian

The herb that is used to calm horses. 😄

What is valerian?

The valerian (valeriana officinalis) is a perennial plant.

Its root has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits, for humans and animals.

It is in particular rich in :

  • GABA.
  • Sesquiterpenic acids.
  • Alkaloids.
  • Calcium.
  • Valepotriates.
  • Magnesium.
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How to use it?

The leaves are sometimes used in cooking.

However, it is mainly the roots of valerian that are taken, in the form of :

  • Dried powder.
  • Tinctures.
  • Essential oil.
  • Tea.

Its properties combine well with those of sunflower.


The leaves can be toxic for some people.

It is preferable to avoid their consumption in case of :

  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Certain medications.

Some people are allergic to valerian.


This plant is particularly loved by joints and bones.

Medicinal properties

Valerians has been traditionally used for their effect:

  • Anxiolytic.
  • Sedative.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Calming.
  • Relaxing.
  • Antidepressant.
  • Tonic.
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For which diseases?

The roots have shown promising results in cases of :

  • Anxiety.
  • Sleep disorders.
  • Stress.
  • Depression.
  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Blood circulation disorders.
  • Memory loss.
  • ADHD.
  • Joint pain.
  • Mood disorders.
  • Menopausal disorders.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Type 2 diabetes.

Valerian has effects on serotonin, which helps to improve sleep.


When I feel stressed or anxious, I tend to look for external solutions, like plants.

However, these emotions are mainly caused by inner conflicts.

It is more effective in the long run to heal my emotional wounds.

I discover how to deal with my emotions.

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What are the benefits of valerian?

It is mainly known for its high GABA content, which helps reduce anxiety.

It is a natural alternative to sleeping pills and anxiolytics.

However, it is wiser to solve the causes of insomnia and emotions, rather than looking for solutions to soothe myself.

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