Natural remedies are becoming increasingly popular as many move further from pharmaceutical drugs for relief. This has spawned interest in herbal remedies for many emotional and even physical problems.
One natural remedy for anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and to relax, has been valerian root. One of the more common ways to ingest this herb is through using it in tea, usually infused with other herbs. Some take it in capsule form but sipping tea sounds so much more appealing than just swallowing a large capsule of ground up root.
The only drawback, among some other things, is the smell! I feel like it smells like stinky feet. I know this does not make it very appealing, but it is the only way to describe it. Mixed in a tea with lemon balm or other herbs like chamomile can help curb the taste.
The therapeutic benefits are amazing. Valarian is very relaxing and will induce very restful sleep. For the most part, Valarian is very safe, but there are side effects. It can cause a groggy feeling the next day, headaches, sometimes insomnia in some people, and restlessness. The key is to make sure it is not mixed with other anti-anxiety drugs or anti-depressants, as the herb might magnify the drugs’ effects. Also, start with small amounts like a tea infusion and sip it to see how you feel. For many, it is a lifesaver!
** This information is not to take the place of medical advice. Please consult your physician before trying Valerian root and stop if there are any unwanted side effects.
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Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD.