Valerian Root Essential Oil
Valerian Root Essential Oil (Valeriana officinalis) from India is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil distilled from the roots. It has a warm, earthy, musky aroma with a subtle green top note. In my experience, people either love the aroma or don’t like it at all.
The aroma of Valerian Root Essential Oil has been said in the aromatherapy literature to have a relaxing effect. In my own experience, I have found that to be an accurate description of the effect I experience when using it. Your experience with Valerian Root Essential Oil may differ, of course, since an individual’s response to an aroma may be determined by his or her own past encounters with that aroma.
The essential oil of Valerian is distilled from the roots and is a fairly thick liquid with an olive to brown color. It’s aroma is lasting and blends well with Patchouli, Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Rosemary, and Cedarwood. I especially like it blended with Mandarin Orange and Lavender essential oils. Because the aroma is strong, it can overpower a blend and is best used in small amounts.
Historical uses are provided for Valerian root herb and/or Valerian Root Essential Oil for educational interest only and are not intended as claims for actions of the product “Valerian Root Essential Oil” or as guidelines for use of that product. Use of a plant in traditional practices does not constitute “proof” of that plant’s actions.
Valerian root has been used in herbal medicine since at least Medieval times. It has been known by the common name “All-heal” in the past and was used for a variety of complaints. Some historical indications for use of Valerian root as an herb (not an essential oil) have included restlessness, sleep problems, and skin complaints.
Chinese Herbal Energetics:
This section is provided for historical interest only and is not intended as claims for actions of the product “Valerian Root Essential Oil or as guidelines for use of that product. Uses of a plant in Chinese Medicine do not constitute “proof” of that plant’s actions.
- Energy: Warm and Dry
- Main Element: Fire (Earth and Metal secondarily)
- Some Chinese Medicine actions:
- Increases Guardian Qi
- Calms the Spirit
- Normalizes the Qi
- Fortifies the energetic systems of the Stomach and Spleen
In Chinese Medicine, Valerian root herb has been used, among other things, for poor appetite, irritability, and as a tonic in cases of exhaustion.
Safety: Follow General Safety Guidelines (below).
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.