Valerian drops against nervousness and for better sleep

Valerian drops calm the nerves and facilitate good sleep

Valerian herb known for its popularly is considered one of the best herbal remedies for nervousness, anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. "Valeriana officinalis" is the Latin name and in old manuscripts we now know it was used by ancient Greeks, Romans, and later medieval doctors. Since ancient times, it was noted that valerian drops were prescribed to calm the nerves and for better digestion and urination and it was given to women with painful periods. From then until the present day this plant has been used for the preparation of a number of products such as essential oils, tinctures, and more popular is the ​​valerian tea, which can be even taken by the children combined with chamomile and anise. Following our article, learn more about how effective are valerian drops and how they need to properly be used and dosed.

How valerian drops act as a tranquilizers?

Valerian drops have a very wide effect in all forms of psychological distress, anxiety, and a whole range of neurological diseases. There is a whole complex compounds which were scientifically proven to be in the plant and thanks to them its effect is calming and relaxing, and affects the quality of sleep. What is also interesting is that none of the individual components work nearly as well as the entire plant. Precisely because of this valerian drops and teas are recommended for all people who have trouble sleeping.

In addition to having effect on the nervous system, thus calming the tension and relieving anxiety, valerian drops are an excellent natural remedy for the heart, and are especially good for people who are diagnosed with angina pectoris, and therefore except tinctures are recommended in a tea mixture with hawthorn. Thus prepared natural tea will remove unpleasant pain and tightness in the chest, and protect you from sudden panic attacks.

With drops the so called "managerial disease" is treated, characterized by constant stress, tension, when you practically burn out in your work. Then, with valerian drops, a winning combination of tea blend is with hawthorn and St. John's wort.

Brazilian scientists have over a decade found that valerian drops for sleep not only help you fall asleep more easily, but give us far better sleep. It also proved efficient in patients with epilepsy, where the attacks became significantly lesser after regular intake of beneficial drops.

How do you make a valerian tincture and how is it properly dosed?

In phytotherapy the most is used valerian root, which should always be washed and dried immediately just before use. From freshly dried rhizomes valerian drops are made ie. tincture.

They are made as follows:
  • Twenty grams of roots and valerian rhizomes are finely chopped and poured with 200 ml of alcohol (particularly the 70 percentile one) or you can instead use a very strong local brandy, close in the glass jar and keep for 14 days in a dark place. Shake it periodically and strain it after some time. 

Tincture is dosed by diluting 20 drops in a glass of water and drinking it, but not more than three times a day and not during pregnancy or breast feeding. Valerian drops require to be used at bedtime. In milder forms of anxiety, it is enough for tincture to be consumed only once in 24 hours.
Basic substances which are important for biological activity of this plant are located in the underground parts of plant (rhizome). They soothe, shorten the time required to fall asleep and allow a deeper and more peaceful sleep, and help with insomnia, restlessness and anxiety.

Respondents who took valerian drops tranquilizers, which are derived from the roots of this plant, rarely woke up during the night and in the morning after getting up, did not feel tired and dazed. Valerian tint is not addictive, even after prolonged use. This plant successfully relieves the symptoms of stress, irritability, nervousness and excessive mental activity. It helps people who have a difficult time to exclude themselves from everyday worries.

Do valerian drops cause side effects?

Contraindications and side effects are rare, but still possible. What you need to consider is that valerian drops during pregnancy and during breast-feeding should not be consumed even in small quantities, this will certainly be drawn to your attention by your doctor. If the earlier problems with insomnia or depression were "solved" by taking sedatives, antidepressants or barbiturates, you are also strictly prohibited to use valerian drops, because the combination of these medications can be very harmful and dangerous.

Although this does not fall into the side effects, it is important to note that after a long period of taking tinctures, possible mild heaviness of the body may occur, which is most noticeable with motor skills, concentration of the mind becomes weaker, and it is not recommended to operate any sort of machinery immediately after taking the drops.

Proper dosage of valerian drops is extremely important, and if you follow the recommendations, you do not need to fear. People with lower pressure should nevertheless consider taking these tinctures, because valerian drops are known to further decrease it. If you notice signs of fatigue, severe headache, poor orientation in space, hard to get out of bed, stop the therapy and be sure to contact your doctor.

Valerian tea is a recipe for many ills

Tea made from valerian is successfully used in all nervous diseases. It is also, next to valerian drops suitable for people suffering from muscle cramps, irritable bowels, painful menstruation and menopausal periods. Against insomnia it is very effective and is considered a natural sedative. While fresh, the smell is almost not felt, but once it starts to dry, it starts to smell, the taste becomes tart and bitter. Therefore, valerian root is almost never used by itself in the tea. Usually flowers of chamomile or lemon balm are added, which are also effective against insomnia.

Studies have shown that people who sleep before drinking this tea, easier fall asleep than those who used sleeping pills, and unlike medications, valerian tea has no side effects and does not cause addiction. Still bear in mind that ​​valerian tea in no way should be drunk during the day, because it quickly causes drowsiness. Also, the root of this plant should not be mixed with hops, because its effect is then reduced, rather than enhanced.

Valerian tea against hysteria and nervousness
  • 50 grams of mint,
  • 30 grams of finely chopped valerian rhizomes,
  • 20 grams of clover (bitter).

One tablespoon of this mixture, cover with a cup of boiling water only. Close the lid and wait at least two hours to rest. Later, strain it, and you can add a little local honey for better taste. Drink before bedtime.

Phenomenal tea blend for light sleep

This is another great valerian tea similar to the previous one except that instead of bitter clover chamomile and lemon balm are added.
  • Pour 3 small teaspoons of finely chopped mint leaves and lemon balm, valerian root and chamomile flowers with half a litre of boiling water and let it sit covered for two hours.

Strain and drink 2 dl twice a day. If desired, sweeten with homemade honey.

What is important to note is that the ​​valerian tea can be used by children who have trouble sleeping. This plant is very safe when it comes to kids and it is best to combine valerian root with anise and chamomile, while with adults this plant can be combined with lavender, lemon balm, etc.

What are the experiences with valerian through the history?

Experiences with preparations based on these plants are generally positive if we keep to regular daily doses, whether we use tea or valerian drops.

Besides being known as valerian, many know it as a cat nip because cats love unusual smell of valerian herb, but also it has a beneficial effect on women. Unlike them, dogs and men often respond poorly to it, because for some reason the valerian plant does not suit them. That specific smell comes from the essential oil, which contains isovaleric acid, which has been shown to have a calming effect, especially when using valerian drops.

As we have said at the beginning, the people know it as the valerian herb, because this is a magical plant, and was used during the First World War, where mothers gave sons on uniforms a stitching of valerian root, because they believed that in that way they would resist the enemy bullets.
Where to buy valerian drops and what is their price

Preparations of valerian herb can be found today almost everywhere. We found them in the local health food store, and the price of valerian drops is not excessive. Package of 30 ml of tincture costs around 2-4 dollars, depending on the manufacturer. It can be purchased and ordered via the Internet.

Here's another anecdote, our friend is a seller in a healthy food store, and we asked if there might be ​​valerian tea in bulk (the measure) in his shop, and he gave us a somewhat angry look and said, that he used to have it but his entire shop smelled like it. That man followed up on our story that for some reason many men do not like its scent in contrast to the fairer sex. Frankly we are interested in your opinion about this topic, feel free to leave a comment.

Valerian drops are also used to treat painful and irregular periods, because they facilitate the aforementioned problems, and a useful infusion is obtained by combining 40 grams of valerian root, 30 grams of chamomile flowers and mint.