Valerian - The Lover
Dreamy Valerian - playful, loving and kind. I think of Valerian like a playful wood cherub, sweet and mischievous as a child.
The more I learn about her the more I want to know. My primary experience with her has been as a sleep ally, but I had also been doing some reading on her support of epilepsy. I also have friends who have experienced powerful nighttime arousals thanks to sweet Valerian. What is she up to?
Valerian is a well-known as a sleep inducer. Her anodyne properties properties helps alleviate pain and the valepotriates are active sedatives in Valerian. She is a much wiser choice than other tranquilizers as he is not addictive in dosages and does not cause morning fog - though she can be habit forming, so she is best taken acutely.
Valerian has a history of protection and purification for witches. Flowers were used in charm bags for love, protection and sleep. Her Latin name Valeriana officinalis is derived from valere, meaning 'to be healthy'.
Studies show valerian reduces blood pressure and possesses anticonvulsant properties - she has been used to treat epilepsy and anxiety, tension or panic attacks. Valerian cleans the channels of tension: nerves, joints, blood, colon and tissues. Other studies show valerian is anti-tumor.
Valerian can also relieve muscle cramps related to menstrual cramps, and stress (including tension headaches). Her anti-spasmodic properties can also relieve gas pains and stomach cramps.
Valerian feels so kind and protective to me. She certainly has a sense of humor. The smell of the root isn't for everyone, but I find it hypnotic and calming (so does our cat, who goes wild when she smells it). Valerian contains a volatile component of the essential oil also in catnip. This same compound also attracts rats, and folklore describes the Pied Piper of Hamelin using valerian and his pipes to attract them. I know I would happily follow.