Herbs have so many medicinal properties and you may be wondering is valerian root a muscle relaxer?
It is, and it actually has 6 other medicinal properties, making it one of the most powerful herbs available on earth.
It can help with so many problems including:
- Inability to fall asleep
- Bladder issues
- Stomach ulcers
- And pimples when used externally
It’s a very soothing and quieting herb which makes it good for anxiety, depression, nervousness and any other emotional states. It has very few dangers (we’ll get into that later) and can be used by both men and women, old and young.
Later in this article I’ll show you all the different ways you can take it and how much you’ll need for each way.
Before we get into that, let’s look at a little background of the Valerian.
English valerian, German valerian, great wild valerian, Vermont valerian, vandal root, all-heal, serwall, American English valerian
- Anodyne (painkiller)
- Antispasmodic (muscle relaxer)
- Emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow in pelvic area)
How To Take It
There are many different ways to take this herb and if you wish to have the most options, you’ll need to purchase the herb. The most convenient and best way to purchase the herb is right here.
After you have the valerian root, you have many options to get the muscle relaxing power. Here’s how you make the different options and how much of the herb you’ll need.
An infusion: To make an infusion you will need between a half ounce and ounce if you are planning on using a pint of water. If you are only making one cups worth, you’ll only need a teaspoon. Let this set for for between 10 to 20 minutes covered; never boil the infusion.
After is has cooled off, strain into another cup or container to drink. Wait until the water is lukewarm to drink. You may add honey to improve the taste.
Only drink about 3 cups a day, spaced out Make sure to cut the root into small pieces and to steep longer if needed.
Decoction: A decoction is extracting the essence of the root and you will need a pint and a half of water to get a pints worth. You will only need 1 teaspoon of valerian if it’s in powdered form and you’ll need a tablespoon if it’s cut up.
Simmer in a nonmetal container for 30 minutes and, like the infusion, take up to 3 cups a day, spaced out. Make sure to not boil, you can never boil this root.
Tincture: A tincture is the liquid form of the herb and is a concentrated extract. If you have pimples you can rub this on it and it will do wonders. If you wish to get the relaxing properties, add 1 to 2 teaspoons to a glass of water and drink.
Extract: This is a HIGHLY concentrated liquid of the herb which is 10 times stronger than a tincture. This is a very popular way of taking them, and acts faster than teas, capsules and powder versions.
Teas: You often find Valerian in different teas that promote relaxation and calmness; either together with another herb or alone.
You’ll need about 1 teaspoon of dried herb or 3 teaspoons of freshly cut herb to every cup of water you are using. Like the infusion, you’ll want to heat the water to about a 1/3rd boil. Once it gets to that temperature, pour the water over the herb in a different container and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes, covered.
In warm weather you need to make the tea fresh everyday, and in a refrigerator, it can last up to a week.
You can also purchase teabags, but some claim it filters the delicate taste of the root. My advice is to try both and see which you like better.
Add a cup of 1/3 boiling water to a cup with the tea bag in it already and let steep, covered for 3 to 5 minutes.
Powdered: Mix a 1/2 teaspoon of powder to 1/4 cup of hot or cold water (hot works faster). After you drink it, follow this up with a full glass of water. This is the directions for the day.
Capsules: This is probably the easiest way to take any herb and for this herb, take 1 to 2 a day. These can be easily bought at any herb store or online.
Any Dangers Involved?
Herbs are the most natural way to heal you body and have WAY less side effects than taking chemical medicines. In fact, there are generally no side effects.
Valerian is an especially strong herb though, and if the tea is taken in large amounts over a period longer than 3 weeks, minor poisoning can happen.
If you have a weak stomach you may feel nauseous and if this the case, it isn’t the herbs fault, it’s the weak stomach. Just take teaspoons of the tea every 15 minutes until you can take the recommended dose.
If your stomach is that sensitive, you can add the powder to foods like mashed potatoes, mashed vegetables, or ground up sweet fruits like figs and dates.
You can add malted sugar or honey to improve the taste for kids. Also, don’t cook with aluminum pans or utensils.
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