Get rid of Anxiety with Valerian Root Tea
Valerian Root - Valeriana Officinalis L.
Used part: Root
Valerian is a medicinal plant in the Valerian family, also known as valerian-apothecary, wild valerian or cat's willow, widely used as a home remedy against insomnia, anxiety and restlessness. The scientific name of the Valerian plant is Valeriana officinalis and produces pink flowers, which can reach about 1 meter in height. The part of the plant that has therapeutic effects is the root and can be taken as tablets or tea. The popular name "catweed" is due to the exciting or euphoric effect that the plant causes in these animals. For this reason, it is advisable to avoid leaving the plant close to cats.
The active principles of valerian influence the functioning of nerve cells, having a calming, anxiolytic, antispasmodic and relaxing effect. Because of its properties, valerian is very useful for people who suffer from sleep-related problems, such as lack of sleep. It also helps fight anxiety, stress and even epilepsy. In addition, it can serve as an aid to those who are stopping smoking.
Regular consumption of valerian decreases the time the individual takes to fall asleep; improves sleep quality; calms and relaxes muscles. It is also indicated for those who suffer from epilepsy, stress, insomnia and even for those who are quitting smoking. The reason for so many benefits is that the Valerian plant acts in the organism as an anxiolytic, that is, it generates a sense of peace at the moment it interacts with the body. Thus, in addition to the indications already cited, some believe that it is important even to drop medications in which people get addicted without their bodies continuing to need them. We emphasize, however, that no treatment should be initiated or interrupted without medical advice and guidance.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- Nervous exhaustion
- Excessive mental exertion
- Lack of concentration
- Heart diseases of nervous origin
- Gastric spasms
- Boil a pint of water, then add a teaspoon of the chopped root and rhizome
- Leave to stand for five minutes
- Strain and drink
How to Drink:
Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
Valerian consumption is contraindicated for patients who are hypersensitive to Valeriana officinalis extract. Its side effects may involve dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, chest tightness, gastrointestinal upset, allergies, headache, tiredness and heart disorders. The use of this plant is also contraindicated for young children, pregnant or lactating women, or for patients who will undergo a surgical procedure in a short period of time.