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Side Effects for Valerian Root: Shocking Benefits!

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Side effects for Valerian root-this will shock you

Are you serious??

Good side effects?!

I know…I get it. In this medical model culture, we normally almost NEVER hear of good, positive, amazing side effects when it comes to medicine or our health.

But I’m here to tell you now: the side effects for Valerian root, are so beautiful, just wait.

This world, and the Creation around me still fascinates me.

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Side Effects for Valerian Root: Overview

side effects for valerian root

Side effects for Valerian root- Valeriana officinalis, Caprifoliaceae

Valerian, also known by its scientific name Valeriana officials, is commonly found throughout Europe and Western portions of Asia.

However, it has naturalized to northeastern North America. Valerian grows tall and prefers wet soil conditions in open meadows.

You can also spot Valerian at the edge of forest openings. The flowering bloom part of Valerian is shaggy in appearance and takes on the look of a bouquet (as shown in photo below).

However, in culinary herbalism, we often use the root, hence Valerian root.

(there are SO many culinary uses for Valerian root, continue reading to find out the creative options for consumption!)


Valerian loves to steal the sunlight and is a light-dependent herb! (sorry Alaska…)

It does the best in zones 3-9. If you desire to plant Valerian in your garden keep in mind it spreads! Pruning the flowers soon after blooming can help prevent wayward seeds.

Just ensure you have a garden that will receive mostly sunlight, however Valerian will flower with partial shade as well.

So, in this article the side effects for Valerian root are also many benefits of this beautiful little herb!

Side Effects for Valerian root: Medicinal Benefits

side effects for valerian root

Flower blooms of Valerian- side effects for valerian root are numerous

How beautiful is the bloom of Valerian!? It is beautiful and very aesthetically pleasing to look at.

Also, the root portion of Valerian is the source material for some amazing medicinal uses!

The root is the most concentrated so it will produce the most effective medicinal benefit.

Here is a brief list of the many, MANY side effects for Valerian root (and benefits!) can provide:

  1. Sleep aid and mild sedative– as a nerving and hypnotic, Valerian root is good for sleep!

  2. Headaches

  3. Menstrual cramps

  4. Injury

  5. Nervous tension

  6. Antispasmodic

  7. Muscle relaxer

This is not an all-inclusive list, there are many many more benefits to using and consuming valerian root, for all kinds of ailments.

As you can see, Valerian root is extremely versatile and that is why it is such a common and important healer!

I don’t know about you…

but these are profound benefits and as a relatively safe herb, you can explore dosages and see what works best for you.

You can turn valerian root into an herbal tea decoction, or a blend with other complementing herbs such as passion flower, and skull cap.

More posts coming soon will discuss how to make an herbal infusion and decoction.

If you are still asking yourself “What’s Valerian Root good for?” make sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you can stay up to date on all things herbal, and dive into more free resources to learn more about herbs; including valerian root!

I promise you, this article is just the tip of the iceberg! There is so much more to learn about these amazing natural healers!

If you are looking for a quick, healthy, and herbal smoothie that you can make quickly at home, look no further! This is a wonderful way to start incorporating herbs into your daily meals and snacks!

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