We all could use some relaxation and calm in our ever-stressful lives. Several herbs promote deep relaxation, but none quite like an herbal tincture with “nature’s Valium,” valerian root.
Herbal tinctures are gaining in popularity thanks to their safety in comparison to pharmaceutical drugs. If you are looking for an easy way to reap the benefits of medicinal plants, take a look at herbal tinctures.
A [herbal] tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract made from herbs that are taken orally.
Tinctures are typically made by soaking herbs in alcohol for several weeks to extract the active components (phytochemicals) of the plants. After a few weeks, the herbal mixture is strained and the herb parts are removed, leaving behind the concentrated liquid. Alcohol is used because it is an excellent food-grade solvent and can extract herbal constituents (such as resins and alkaloids) that are poorly soluble in water. Another benefit of using alcohol as a solvent is that it is an excellent preservative that retains the freshness and potency of medicinal plants and greatly increases the shelf life of the tincture. Don’t worry – you won’t get intoxicated from the alcohol in tinctures.
Fresh or dried leaves, roots, bark, flowers, and berries may be used to make tinctures. They can be made from a single plant or a combination of plants. –Ready Nutrition
One of the most impactful herbal tinctures for deep relaxation is valerian root. Valerian root is often referred to as “nature’s Valium.” In fact, this herb has been used since ancient times to promote tranquility and improve sleep. While some have questioned Valerian root’s safety and effectiveness, it likely isn’t nearly as dangerous or has long-term effects such as with chemical sleeping aids.
According to Healthline, the root portion of Valerian has been used in traditional medicine for at least 2,000 years. Unlike its delicately scented flowers, valerian root has a very strong, earthy odor due to the volatile oils and other compounds responsible for its sedative effects. Interestingly, the name “valerian” is derived from the Latin verb valere, which means “to be strong” or “to be healthy.”
Ready Nutrition’s Valerian Root herbal tincture is specially formulated to promote a total body deep relaxation. It is made using one of the most powerful plant-based sedatives that nature has to offer -Valerian root. The herbal tincture can be used to relieve occasional anxiety or panic attack, restless behavior, racing thoughts, nervous stomach, trouble sleeping, headache, and muscle spasms.
Valerian has received attention for its interaction with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical messenger that helps regulate nerve impulses in your brain and nervous system. Researchers have shown through several studies that low GABA levels related to acute and chronic stress are linked to anxiety and low-quality sleep. Valerenic acid has been found to inhibit the breakdown of GABA in the brain, resulting in feelings of calmness and tranquility – complete with a lot less stress! This is the same way anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax work. Valerian root also contains the antioxidants hesperidin and linarin, which appear to have sedative and sleep-enhancing properties
All of this makes valerian root herbal tinctures an attractive option for those seeking a more relaxing overall feeling and better sleep. It’s great for those who want to steer themselves toward a more natural and holistic lifestyle as well.
RN’s herbal tincture can be used by taking one or two dropperfuls every morning and night. Drop desired amount into water, tea, or your favorite beverage.
The good news is that Valerian is remarkably safe for most people, regardless of the fears. Studies have found that it does not cause adverse changes in DNA, nor does it interfere with cancer therapy in patients who take it to relieve anxiety and promote sleep. Furthermore, it does not appear to affect mental or physical performance when used as directed. One study found no difference in morning reaction time, alertness or concentration in people who took valerian the evening before, according to Healthline.
Pregnant women and children under the age of three should avoid valerian root. Valerian has been reported to cause headaches, stomach pain, and dizziness in a few cases. Ironically, even insomnia has been reported, although this is rare. If you have liver disease or another serious medical condition, it’s important to speak with your doctor about whether it is safe for you to take valerian.
*This article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical or health condition. Please contact a medical professional if you have any questions about your health or supplements.