Valerian

Valeriana officinalis
Botanical name: 
Valeriana officinalis

Analgesic and sedating

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Properties and applications: 
Analgesic - local pain relief
Anti Spasmodic - cramps, colic, nausea, nervous diarrhoea, asthma
Carminative - indigestion, flatulence, sluggish digestion
Sedative - panic, shock, hysteria, fear, nervous conditions, insomnia
Cardiac Regulator - irregular heartbeat, stress related palpitations
Family: 
Valarianaceae
Country of origin: 
India
Part of plant used: 
Roots
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Strong florals, Peppermint
Chemical character: 
Ketone type
Safety information: 
Highly sedative - do not use before driving.
Odour profile: 
Musky, pheromonal and medicinal.
Plant description: 
Dark green plant with pale pink flowers.
Historical use: 
In Europe in the middle ages the plant was known as 'all heal' because of its healing properties and was used to treat nervousness, pain, insomnia and palpitations.

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