Possessing an intensely strong woody and unusual aroma, it is important to note Valerian’s aroma can be unfavorable to some. While it may not smell very pleasant, it is also known as the “heal all”.
Valerian has an extended history since the ancient world as a medicinal herb for nervous disorders and hysteria. It can still be a powerful combative of anxiety and stress. Native Americans used Valerian as an antiseptic for wounds. Native to Europe and Asia, the Valerian plant grows up to 5 feet and produces clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers.
Botanical Name: Valeriana officinalis
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Root
Blends Well With: Geranium, and other florals; Cinnamon, and other spices
Aroma: Smoky, woody, dry, and musky
Consistency: Medium - Thick
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Valerian essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- There are several ways to effectively use Valerian essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
- Throughout history, Valerian has been used to alleviate the effects of sleeplessness and insomnia. To use Valerian essential oil for sleep 1.) Diffuse 10 drops Valerian in 100 ml of water in an essential oil diffuser for 30 minutes before bed. 2.) Combine 6 drops Valerian, 1 oz carrier oil and 1 oz Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add your mixture to a warm bath before bed. 3.) Dilute 12 drops Valerian in 1 oz of Fractionated Coconut oil. Apply the mixture to your wrists, feet and neck.
- Like most people you love, you may be prone to give babies the very best of everything — essential oils included. But due to their heightened sensitivities, we suggest using essential oils of all brands infrequently (if at all) on children younger than two years old. The consequences of misusing essential oils with children and babies, unfortunately, range from severe to dire. It’s also important to note that diluted oils, let alone essential oils in their pure forms can be overwhelming for babies, as their metabolisms are underdeveloped. If you do choose to use essential oils with your baby, check with your child’s pediatrician before use.
- Valerian essential oil (Valeriana officinalis) offers several therapeutic benefits that can improve your day-to-day. Diluted and applied topically, it can soothe pain and inflammation, especially when used in a healing massage. Inhaled using an essential oil diffuser, Valerian oil reduces stress and anxiety while boosting relaxation. Along with being able to uplift, Valerian has historically been used for its antiseptic properties. Dilute it and apply to minor scrapes, cuts and burns.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
CALM: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 2 of drops of Valerian, 3 drops of Buddha Wood, 2 drops of Vetiver and 8 drops of Blood Orange. Or add of this blend to your Thera Lux Diffuser and diffuse for 15-30 minutes before bedtime to encourage relaxation.
BATH SALTS: Combine: 2 drops of Valerian, 3 drop of Frankincense (Carterii) and 2 drops of Lavender with 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup Epsom salts. Add to full bath and rejuvenate for 15-30 minutes.
FOOT BATH: Add the following to a full basin of warm water: 3 drops of Valerian, 5 drops of Tea Tree with one tablespoon of carrier oil and one tablespoon of salt. Mix well and soak feet for 15 minutes or as desired.
RELAXING BATH: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 2 drops of Valerian, 10 drops of Lavender, 5 drops of Orange and 3 drops of Ylang Ylang, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake well to blend. Add 1-2 teaspoons of this mixture to a full tub, relax and enjoy. (1.7% dilution)
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