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Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis)

What is Valerian?

Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. In medieval Sweden, it was sometimes placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the “envy” of the elves. In the sixteenth century the Anabaptist reformer Pilgram Marpeck prescribed valerian tea for a sick woman.

valerian oil


Musty and woody.

Plant Properties

Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety


Insomnia, anxiety, cancer, depression, fever, headache, hyperactivity, menstrual cramps, restless leg syndrome, muscle and joint pain, hot flashes, ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome and stress.

Blends with:

Cedarwood, lavender, mandarin, oakmoss, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, and rosemary oils