Valerian is a pink and white flowering herb that has been used as a traditional herbal medicine for many years. It is popular in tinctures, tablets and tea. Here are a few of the valerian benefits:
Sleep – Valerian is most famously known for its benefits with instigating a healthy sleep cycle. Currently, about 50% of the population struggle to get to sleep or they wake-up during the night. People are often frustrated with the sleeping pills that doctors prescribe and would like to try a natural alternative.
Heart health – Valerian helps to maintain the health of the heart; it strengthens the blood vessels and improves their elasticity. Valerian may also help to normalise blood pressure. Considering that the biggest cause of death in the UK is cardiovascular disease, this may be a popular choice of herb for many people.
Relaxation – Valerian is thought to work on calming down nervous function; important for helping you to cope with the stress of a busy lifestyle. Valerian can be used to help you relax and unwind, which may help you to deal with both psychical and mental tension, calmness and irritability.
Digestion – Valerian can be used in digestive disorders and spasms of the digestive tract. It may stimulate the activity of the digestive tract which is beneficial in many digestive conditions. Many people may find some relief in digestive disorders by taking valerian. Gas can be uncomfortable and embarrassing at the best of times, however it is a surprisingly common problem. Taking some valerian tea may be especially beneficial after a meal.
Cognition- Valerian may help to maintain good cognitive function. Many people desire a higher cognitive function and performance. Valerian may be the herb for you.
Valerian can be taken in a tincture, capsules, tablets and as a delicious tea. If you are using it to help with sleep, take it 30 minutes before bedtime; for digestive stimulation, take before meals or use the tea to relax intestinal spasms. If you are using Valerian to help with cardiovascular issues, then you can take it any time of the day, just beware of the calming and sleep inducing affects.