Health: facts about the valerian root

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Facts about the valerian root

The valerian root can be easily processed into tea.

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Regardless of whether it is stress, insomnia or muscle pain: the valerian root relieves the symptoms in a completely natural way.

Valerian has long been considered a versatile medicinal herb. In this country it can even be found in the wild and grows in forests, on river banks or in green parks. Bees also enjoy the pink flowers that grow on a tall green stem. Valerian scores above all with its calming effect, which helps against restlessness during the day and against sleep disorders in the evening.

The herb helps against these complaints

The essential oils of the valerian root interact with the nerve cells and have a relaxing and relaxing effect on the body. In addition to restlessness and sleep disorders, the plant also helps with stress, irritability, hysteria, poor concentration and mental overexertion. Valerian can be taken in the form of preparations and drops, which are available in low doses in the drugstore or pharmacy.

The wild plant, which blooms from July to September, can be made into tea with a hot infusion. In full baths, valerian also has a muscle-relaxing effect. A tip: When collecting, make sure that it is real valerian, as there are visually similar plants that can be poisonous. In addition, it can take up to two weeks for the plant to fully develop its calming effect.

Attention, side effects!

Before taking it, it is always advisable to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to clarify. Because despite its many good properties, valerian has some side effects and should not be taken for longer than six weeks without consulting a doctor. The herb can cause headaches, dizziness, gastrointestinal discomfort, and itching. A combination with other drugs or alcohol should also be avoided.