What is Organic Valerian Root?
Organic Valerian Root comes from the root of the perennial Valerian wallichii plant. Known primarily for its sedative properties, the usage of valerian reaches back to Ancient Greece and Rome and continues to be used today.
The Valerian plant is native to Europe and certain parts of Asia. Ideal growing conditions are in moist, temperate climates within meadows and woodlands. Organic Valerian Root comes from QAI certified Valeriana wallichii plants. This certification ensures the compliance of standards relating to soil quality, use of additives and pest/weed control set out by the National Organic Program.
The plant consists of small clusters of pink or white flowers and can grow up to 6-7 feet. The root itself has a pungent odor, with many likening the smell to sweaty socks or spoiled cheese.
Organic Valerian Root can be prepared as a tea through steeping or as a pill/capsule. Other common methods of preparation are valerian tincture or as essential oil.
Several health benefits Organic Valerian Root can provide include:
- Better Sleep: By far the most popular use of valerian is for its purported ability to help with sleep disorders such as insomnia. It’s known to help reduce the amount of time taken to fall asleep as well as improve the quality of sleep.
- Reduce Anxiety: Valerian has been shown in some studies to help regulate acute and chronic stress levels which lead to anxiety.
- Menstrual Relaxant: Feedback from users and other research suggests that women suffering from menstrual cramps/pains may experience relief with valerian.
- Regulated Blood Pressure: Valerian has demonstrated abilities to help regulate blood pressure in some cases and may prove useful as a health aid in this manner.