It seems that modern science is finally able to turn to the old world remedies and verify or nullify what they claim to be able to do. Valerian is one of the few herbs that has stood up to scientists scrutiny and does exactly what it promises to do. Valerian has been used for generations as a natural sleep aid, but there is so much more to it than that! We at Ageless Nutrition decided to take a look at this long fabled herb and find out what it is, what it does and what the benefits are!
What exactly is Valerian?
Valerian is a sweet-scented plant found throughout Europe and Asia. The flowers are pink or white, and it is known to attract flies…so perhaps not the best plant for a patio. Valerian root is a strong sedative but can lead to poisoning if used incorrectly – so always read the label! Valerian was first recorded as a medicinal plant as early as ancient Rome, and one of its nicknames is ‘all-heal’ which should give you an indication of how good it is in this capacity.
Some Benefits Of Valerian Root Extract
As we said before, Valerian extract does more than promote restful sleep!
- Valerian is an antiseptic – The soothing, anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties of Valerian was depended upon by the Ancient Greeks as an ‘internal antiseptic.’ Nowadays we might call it a good detoxifying plant as it is carminative and can be used as a tonic (Greek Medicine).
Valerian treats Stress – Those relaxing qualities lower the bodies cortisol levels, and since cortisol is known as the stress hormone, this means that you will find yourself calmer under stressful circumstances if you take a dose of Valerian. This plant also binds GABA receptors to the brain so it may be used to treat anxiety too, although more testing and study is necessary (The Heart Institute).
- Valerian is a natural pain reliever – Scientists have studied the varying aspects of this plant and found that Valerian root physically lowers the pain of menstrual symptoms, a little specific, we know. In this study published in 2016, we can see that the symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome were drastically reduced in those that took Valerian Root Extract.
- Valerian soothes a stomach ache – not just cramp but intestinal troubles too. The Ancient Greeks were not wrong in using it as a tonic, and its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities are a natural way to soothe the internal organs and pacify the intestines.
On top of all these things, Valerian can also improve heart health, relax muscles tight with injury, treat insomnia, it lowers oxidative damage to your body and, last but not least, it is an anti-inflammatory. With so many benefits its a wonder everyone isn’t taking it!
If you are interested in trying this wonderful plant for yourself, then you will be able to find some by heading to our shop. We here at Ageless Nutrition want to provide only the very best in all-natural supplements, and we would be delighted if you joined us on our quest to building a healthier world!