Valerian Root Essential Oil
Valerian Root Essential Oil (Valeriana officinalis) from India is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil distilled from the roots. It has a warm, earthy, musky aroma with a subtle green top note. In my experience, people either love the aroma or don’t like it at all.
The aroma of Valerian Root Essential Oil has been said in the aromatherapy literature to have a relaxing effect. In my own experience, I have found that to be an accurate description of the effect I experience when using it. Your experience with Valerian Root Essential Oil may differ, of course, since an individual’s response to an aroma may be determined by his or her own past encounters with that aroma.
Valerian Root Essential Oil Description:
The essential oil of Valerian is distilled from the roots and is a fairly thick liquid with an olive to brown color. It’s aroma is lasting and blends well with Patchouli, Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Rosemary, and Cedarwood. I especially like it blended with Mandarin Orange and Lavender essential oils. Because the aroma is strong, it can overpower a blend and is best used in small amounts. Blends well with Patchouli Essential Oil.
Historical uses are provided for Valerian root herb and/or Valerian Root Essential Oil for educational interest only and are not intended as claims for actions of the product “Valerian Root Essential Oil” or as guidelines for use of that product. Use of a plant in traditional practices does not constitute “proof” of that plant’s actions.
Valerian root has been used in herbal medicine since at least Medieval times. It has been known by the common name “All-heal” in the past and was used for a variety of complaints. Some historical indications for use of Valerian root as an herb (not an essential oil) have included restlessness, sleep problems, and skin complaints.
Chinese Herbal Energetics:
This section is provided for historical interest only and is not intended as claims for actions of the product “Valerian Root Essential Oil or as guidelines for use of that product. Uses of a plant in Chinese Medicine do not constitute “proof” of that plant’s actions.
- Energy: Warm and Dry
- Main Element: Fire (Earth and Metal secondarily)
- Some Chinese Medicine actions:
- Increases Guardian Qi
- Calms the Spirit
- Normalizes the Qi
- Fortifies the energetic systems of the Stomach and Spleen
In Chinese Medicine, Valerian root herb has been used, among other things, for poor appetite, irritability, and as a tonic in cases of exhaustion.
Safety: Follow General Safety Guidelines (below).
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Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant.Essential Oil Safety Considerations