Valerian Root

Valerian root, also known as Valeriana officinalis is a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. It is commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness. It is also known for its calming and relaxing effects.

Chemical Breakdown

Valerian root contains a number of compounds that contribute to its medicinal effects. 

Valerenic acid is the main active ingredient in valerian root. It is a chemical compound that has been shown to have sedative and calming effects. Valerianic acid works by binding to GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating mood, sleep, and anxiety.

Iso valeric acid is another chemical compound found in valerian root. It is thought to contribute to the sedative effects of valerian root. Iso valeric acid works by blocking the action of an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase. Acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in wakefulness and alertness. By blocking the action of acetylcholinesterase, isovaleric acid can help to promote sleep.

Sesquiterpenes are a group of chemical compounds that are also found in valerian root. Sesquiterpenes are thought to contribute to the relaxing and calming effects of valerian root. Sesquiterpenes work by binding to receptors in the brain that are involved in regulating mood and sleep.

Valerian Root
Valerian Root 


Valerian root is native to Europe and Asia, and it has been used in traditional medicine in these regions for centuries. The first written records of valerian root use date back to the first century AD, when the Greek physician Dioscorides described its use for treating insomnia and anxiety. In the Middle Ages, valerian root was also used to treat seizures, headaches, and muscle cramps.

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in valerian root as a natural remedy for sleep problems and anxiety. There have been several clinical trials that have shown valerian root to be effective for treating these conditions. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings.

Who Valerian Root Is Perfect For

  • People with anxiety: Valerian root has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.
  • People with insomnia: Valerian root can help to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and improve sleep quality.
  • People who are feeling tense or stressed: Valerian root can promote relaxation and reduce stress.

How to Enjoy It

As a tea:  Tea is a popular way to take valerian root. Herbal tea newcomers not like the taste of valerian root tea, you can add honey or lemon to sweeten it.

As a capsule: Capsules are another popular way to take root.  Capsules are easy to take and they are a good option if you do not like the taste of tea.