Valerian (valeriana officinalis) has been used since ancient times for its medicinal benefits. The word Valerian comes from the Latin “valere”, which means to feel good or “to be well." Valerian resonates to the energy of earth and water and to the planets Venus and Mercury.
Valerian flowers have a delicate scent, while the root has a pungent, earthy smell. This is due to the oils and plant compounds responsible for its sedative effects.
Valerian increases the production of GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter in the brain with calming affects. Neurotransmitters send chemical messages through the brain and nervous system. GABA helps calm anxiety with its ability to regulate nerve cells. The improved GABA levels make it easier for the mind and body to relax, meaning Valerian root is affective in keeping your stress levels down. In large amounts GABA acts as a sedative and can not only reduce the amount of time taken to fall asleep, it can also improve the quality of sleep too.
The valerenic acid and valerenol contained in the Valerian root act as anti-anxiety agents, stabilizing the central nervous system.
Since valerian calms the nervous system, studies have shown it may be affective in managing OCD and ADHD. Studies have also shown it may reduce seizures for those who are prone or have epilepsy.
Valerian is often classified as a "dream herb" because of its abilities to enhance dream recall, as well as making dreams more vivid. It should be noted that while Valerian is great at aiding in dream recall and enhancing dream content, it is best taken in tandem with other more powerful dream herbs for dreamwork or lucid dreaming.
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