Valerian Officinalis: Properties, Contraindications, Application | Tincture: Preparation and Use

Valerian Officinalis (it is also jokingly called “Cat’s Grass”) is a perennial herb, numbering more than two hundred species and growing along the banks of water bodies, on peat and grassy bogs, in glades and forest edges throughout the European part of Russia. A pretty plant with white-pink, small flowers and serrated leaves at the edges, reaches a height of up to two meters, blooms almost all summer.

 

 

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Valerian Officinalis: Properties, Contraindications, Application | Tincture: Preparation and Use

 

There are contraindications, a specialist consultation is required

 

Since the times of Ancient Rus, this herb has been known for its healing properties. Therefore, it is effectively used both in traditional (evidence-based) medicine in the manufacture of medicines, and in folk (healing) medicine using natural raw materials. Valerian officinalis is so in demand that it is sold in almost all pharmacy chains, is affordable and sold without a doctor’s prescription.

For medicinal purposes, both the main rhizome and the auxiliary roots of this amazing plant are used. The roots and rhizomes have a sweet-bitter taste, with a pronounced valerian odor.

 

Properties of Valerian officinalis

Due to the large amount of essential oils aimed at relaxing the central nervous system, the main indicator of the use of this medicinal plant is the achievement of a sedative effect in various kinds of neurasthenic diseases. What is this impact:

  1. Provides positive results in the elimination of hysterical seizures.
  2. Increases resistance to stress.
  3. Reduces irritation.
  4. Relieves increased nervous irritability, emotional stress.
  5. Strengthens and soothes sleep, eliminates insomnia and gradually brings the onset of natural sleep to a normal state.
  6. Calms the nervous system as a whole.
  7. Eliminates the general state of anxiety, relieves attacks of phobias.

Due to the rich composition of Valerian officinalis (more than a hundred chemical elements: vitamins, minerals, organic acids, sugars, resins and much more), this medicinal plant is successfully and effectively used to achieve results that are important for human health, since it:

  • It has a beneficial effect on the work of the gastrointestinal tract, relieves spasms of smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Relieves headaches by relieving migraine attacks.
  • Gently normalizes high blood pressure.
  • It has a mild choleretic effect.
  • Has a calming effect on thyroid diseases.
  • Suppresses hunger, reduces appetite, helps to more calmly endure dietary restrictions, and helps to reduce obesity.
  • Reduces rush of blood to the head in women during menopause.
  • Relieves pain and inflammation in the urinary system.
  • Stimulates the function of the cerebral cortex, which has positive effects on mental stress.
  • Improves coronary circulation by dilating blood vessels that deliver oxygenated arterial blood.
  • Reduces renal and hepatic colic.
  • Accelerates the digestion process, having a beneficial effect on the work of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Eliminates spasms and functional disorders of the cardiovascular system, normalizing the work of the heart as a whole, leads to a normal heart palpitations, relieving tachycardia attacks.

 

Valerian officinalis: contraindications

When used correctly, Valerian officinalis no doubt brings tremendous benefits to human health. But, like any other herb, it can also cause side, unwanted effects. Therefore, it should be taken only after consultation with the attending specialist doctor, determining his personal dosage, according to the existing chronic diseases.

Valerian Officinalis: Properties, Contraindications, Application | Tincture: Preparation and Use

It is better to refuse taking valerian medicinal for such factors as:

  • atherosclerosis;
  • pregnancy;
  • chronic diseases of the intestines, liver and kidneys during an exacerbation;
  • children’s age up to 1 year;
  • individual intolerance and hypersensitivity;
  • lactation;
  • low blood pressure.

Valerian officinalis, although it helps in the treatment of ailments, but, like many plants, requires attention when using it, since in case of an overdose it can cause undesirable manifestations, such as:

  • an allergic reaction (extremely rare);
  • constipation;
  • slight dizziness;
  • general weakness and malaise;
  • increased fatigue;
  • depressed state;
  • decreased performance;
  • drowsiness.

 

Valerian officinalis: application

Since the therapeutic effect of drug valerian proceeds rather slowly, its therapeutic effect occurs with systematic and long-term use.

In the absence of serious chronic diseases mentioned above, Valerian officinalis can be used by almost everyone, but only with the approval of the attending specialist doctor and prescribing a specific dosage for them to use in order to exclude harm to the body.

At the same time, you should know that this medicinal plant has an impressive effect on the human reaction, reducing the concentration of attention and the speed of the psychomotor reaction, therefore, it requires careful use when performing hazardous activities, for example, when working with moving mechanisms, when driving and other vehicles.

 

In case of an overdose, the following symptoms occur:

  1. pain in the gastrointestinal tract;
  2. increased nervous irritability;
  3. disorder in the work of the cardiovascular system.

In these cases, you should either stop taking valerian completely or reduce the dosage. But this can only be recommended by the attending specialist doctor in a personal consultation.

 

Valerian officinalis tincture: preparation and use

There are generally accepted norms for the preparation of medicinal valerian tincture.

With excitement of the central nervous system:

1/2 tablespoon of dry raw materials is poured into a thermos, 100 milliliters of hot water is poured, tightly closed with a lid and infused for 60 minutes. Then the liquid is filtered, the raw material is thrown away, and the resulting infusion is taken in 1 tablespoon 30 minutes after eating 3-4 times a day.

The course of treatment is 2-4 weeks, if this does not contradict the appointment of the attending specialist doctor.

Valerian Officinalis: Properties, Contraindications, Application | Tincture: Preparation and Use

To enhance sleep: 1/2 teaspoon of dry raw materials is poured into a thermos, 50 milliliters of hot water is poured, tightly closed with a lid and infused for 60 minutes. Then the liquid is filtered, the raw materials are thrown away, and the resulting infusion is taken on an empty stomach, immediately before bedtime.

The course of treatment is 2-4 weeks, if this does not contradict the appointment of the attending specialist doctor.

One way to use the herb Valerian officinalis as a sleep aid and sedative is dry. It is quite simple to do this, but on condition that there are no felines in the house, because everyone knows how much they love this grass and quickly come to its sweetish smell.

Before going to bed, you need to put dry grass in a small container and put it at the head, i.e. next to the pillow. The essential oils, which are rich in valerian, will begin to spread rapidly throughout the room and will have a soothing, sleep-strengthening effect with each breath. In the morning, after waking up, it is better to put the herb in an impervious package so that the medicinal oils do not disappear. Repeat the treatment procedure every evening, before going to bed, until the desired result is obtained.

When interacting with other medicinal herbs, such as motherwort, peppermint, valerian can enhance the effect of sedatives, hypnotics, and antispasmodics.

It is interesting that some culinary experts use the leaves of Valerian officinalis in the preparation of vegetable salads, since they have a peculiar taste and give vegetable dishes a characteristic “zest” as a spice.

We draw your attention to the fact that it is advisable to eliminate any problematic at three levels: physical, energetic and spiritual. The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided (based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine on the multifaceted action of herbal remedies) should be considered as helpful, but not as a guarantee. Consult with a specialist (doctor) beforehand.

 

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