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Latin Name: Valeriana officinalis
Common Name: Valerian (aka Garden Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, All-heal)
Botanical Name: Valeriana officinalis
Botany: A perennial flowering plant with heads of white or pink flowers. Native to Europe and Asia, Valerian’s roots are widely used in Pharmacology.
History: Valerian has been used as medicinal oil since the time of Ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. In the sixteenth century it was also used as a perfume.
Plant Part: Root
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation Method: Ethically farmed
Fragrance: Earthy, bitter
Color of Oil: Brown to reddish brown
Note: Base Note
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Lavender, Mandarin, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosemary
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Valerian is a relaxing oil that soothes nervousness, agitation and panic.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Valerian is anticonvulsant and a sedative. It depresses the central nervous system and is a natural pain reliever that aids headaches, migraines, heart palpitations, epilepsy, spasms, neuralgia, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Valerian is also a muscle relaxant and helps dandruff and insomnia.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Valerian is for purifying.
Chemical Constituents: alpha-pinene, borneol, bornyl acetate, camphene, caryophyllene, valeranone
Common Adulterants: Rarely adulterated
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin or bath. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Warnings: Avoid during pregnancy.
Color Energy: Purple - Relaxing