(Valeriana spp.)
extracted by tincture in food grade alcohol

Analgesic / Anxiolytic / Sedative / Anticonvulsant

Plant Description / History:
Valerian is a hardy perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers which bloom in the summer months. Valerian is best taken as a tincture of the fresh root. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia.

Constituents-Chemicals & Nutrients:
Valepotriates, valtrate, didrovaltrate, acevaltrate, isovaleroxy-hydoxydidrovaltrate; volatile oil, esters, bornyl isoValerianate, bornylacetate, bornyl formate, eugenyl isovalerate, isoeugenyl, isovalerate alcohols, eugenol, terpenes, Valerianol, sesquiterpene alcohol. Alkaloids including chatinine, valerine and two others similar to skytanthine.

Use as a smooth muscle and skeletal relaxant to aid in treating insomnia, back pain and sciatica. It may also be used to alleviate gastrointestinal pain and irritable bowel syndrome as well as reducing hypertension thereby regulating blood pressure.

Adult Dosage:
Take up to ½ teaspoon in a cup of warm water. Adjust dosage by an additional 1/4 tsp. Effects are felt quickly and may last up to 6 hours.

Valerian root is nontoxic, but may cause side effects such as giddiness and disorientation. Over dosing can cause the muscles to feel weak and should not be taken before driving or operating heavy equipment. Do not take Valerian if you are also taking depressants, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or opiates.

Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.