Updated: Oct 3, 2018
If you didn't already know, Valerian, the most widely used herbal sedative, was sent to us by the sleep gods. But that's not all it can do! Find it in our sleep sachet and tuck it under your pillow to enjoy these 5 fantastic health benefits.
Improves quality of sleep and combats insomnia
Valerian is one of the oldest treatments for sleep disorders and has long been relied on to promote restful sleep. The active components in Valerian encourage the body to produce the necessary hormones for a deep, undisturbed sleep. It is one of the most researched herbs for this purpose.
2. Balances emotions
This herb is used to soothe the nerves and calm anxiety. Perfect for the treatment of anxiety and tension; it helps balance the bodies stress hormones, giving a soothing effect. Studies have even found that it may improve the symptoms of depression.
3. Supports women's health
Valerian is popular within both pregnancy and pre-menstrual therapy for more than its calming effects. It can reduce the severity and intensity of menstrual cramps as well as discomfort during pregnancy. Plus it can help with menopausal symptoms by minimising the length and intensity of hot flushes.
4. Lowers Blood Pressure
This herb can help to slow heart palpitations, regulate blood pressure and calm a rapid heartbeat. In fact, Valerian can help naturally reduce blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level, which has a direct positive impact on your heart health.
5. Eases Upset Stomachs
Valerian can lessen the discomfort caused by gastrointestinal problems by encouraging healthy bowl movements and its diuretic action promotes urination. This means it can calm an upset stomach by combing stress relief with mild laxative effects.