Benefits of Valerian

Valerian is a native of Europe but is grown and used in the U.S. The English valerian, however, is considered the best.

The official part is the ROOT. The odor, which in the fresh root is slight, in the dried is strong and, though pleasant to some, is disagreeable to others. It is said to be highly attractive to cats. The taste is, at first, sweetish, afterwards bitter and aromatic. It is often covered by adding essence of anise or lavender.

Valerian yields its medicinal properties to water and alcohol. As the virtue of valerian resides chiefly in the essential oil, it should NEVER be made in decoction and NEVER boiled. It may be taken in powder or infusion, which is preferred.

Valerian is especially directed to the nervous system, but without narcotic effect. It is useful in cases of irregular nervous action when not connected with inflammation or an excited condition of the system.

It is particularly recommended in hysteria, hypochondria, epilepsy, migraine, low forms of fever attended with restlessness, morbid vigilance, all symptoms of nervous derangements, nervous debility, weakness or irritability of the nervous system, insomnia, and the nervousness of children. It allays pain and promotes sleep.

It has also been used in intermittents combined with Peruvian bark.

In cases of children with measles, scarlet fever, and other diseases which make them restless, give small doses of the infusion twice or 3 times daily. A sound sleep will result. The same method is also useful in convulsions of infants. Use the essence of aniseed or lavender to cover the taste in these cases, if needed.

Refer Here for the Abbreviations and Measurement Units

A good compound for convulsions, hysteria, colic, cramps, and dysmenorrhea is the following: 1 oz. ea. of FE valerian, FE wild yam, FE blue cohosh, essential of aniseed in 6 oz. of syrup of ginger. Take from 1 t. to 1 dessert-spoonful 3 or 4 times daily.

In restlessness, insomnia, hysteria, neuralgia, and similar troubles the following is a good combination; infuse 1/2 oz. each valerian, skullcap, and mistletoe in 1/2 pts. boiling water. Cover and allow to stand 2 hrs. Strain and take 2 to 4 T., 4 times daily.

As an excellent nervine, the following may be taken in powder or capsules or made into an infusion and taken hot or cold: 1 oz. each powdered valerian, powdered ginger, powdered lobelia, and 2 oz. powdered pleurisy root.

A simple nerve tonic is made by pouring 1 pt. boiling water on 1 oz. root. Cover until cold and take 2 T. 3 or 4 times daily.

The tincture is official.

The powder is taken in doses of 30 to 90 gr., 3 or 4 times daily.

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