Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis
Top rating: Valerian
Valerian root is known to be endowed with antispasmodic, sedative, calming, sleeping, anticonvulsant, relaxant and soporific properties – which cause sleep.
- helps you sleep better
Valerian root can serve as a natural remedy for people who suffer from sleeping difficulties. Studies have shown that the herb shortens the time a person takes to sleep and improves sleep quality. At the same time, the plant brings low chances that the person will suffer from morning drowsiness.
2. Fights anxiety and stress
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes valerian as an herb that can provide benefits in relation to anxiety. Researchers have found that the herb root increases the amount of the chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. Such a compound helps regulate nerve cells and calms anxiety. In addition, the fact that it is relaxing can also help with stress management.
3. Decrease in blood pressure
Valerian’s active compounds that help control anxiety and stress can also help regulate blood pressure. Something that’s important to avoid high blood pressure, which increases your chances of heart attack and stroke.
4. Relieves menstrual cramps
One of the discomforts arising from Premenstrual Tension (PMS) is cramping. Valerian root may help alleviate the problem as it is an antispasmodic and sedative compound that acts as a natural muscle relaxant and suppresses muscle spasms.
5. Assistance in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
A 2011 survey that lasted eight weeks indicated that valerian can make a certain contribution to the treatment of OCD, being well tolerated by patients.
6. Contributes to the treatment of hyperactivity in children.
A 2014 study evaluated the effects of a combination of lemon balm and valerian root extract in 169 primary school-age children for seven weeks. The result was that the percentage of children who had hyperactivity decreased from 60% to 13%. In addition, the rate of children who failed to focus was reduced from 75% to 14% and parents noted that there was an improvement in the sleep of the young participants. Although the results are not considered conclusive, they are classified as promising and indicate that the combination of herbs can be used as an accompaniment to traditional treatment for hyperactivity.