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Valerian Root Tea

Updated on May 23, 2016

Valerian root and Sleep issues

If you suffer from insomnia or anxiety, you may be looking into natural solutions to help you reduce your symptoms. Valerian root tea is a popular natural insomnia remedy that’s easy to take, and many people have found it useful in helping them to fall asleep and relieve anxiety. In the article below, you’ll find more details about valerian root, its health benefits and risks, and how to take it.

What is Valerian Root Tea?

Valerian root is a medicinal herb that has been used for centuries. The earliest records show that ancient Greeks and Romans used valerian root to treat insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, and other troubles. Valerian root comes from a perennial flowering plant native to Europe and some of Asia. Recently, it has also been introduced to growing in North America.

Tea is the most common way to take valerian root, although it is also available in pills or capsules. You can make tea using either a liquid valerian root extract or by using a powdered version of the root, available either as “loose leaf” tea or in tea bags.

The Health Benefits of Valerian Root Tea

Valerian root tea is most commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety. Valerian root has a sedative effect and appears to quiet brain activity. This effect can help to relieve both anxiety and sleep disorders. Many people have claimed that valerian root tea helps them to fall asleep more easily and get better sleep during the night. Scientific studies have produced mixed results and have not conclusively proved the valerian root tea is effective as a sleep aid.

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Valerian Root Tea’s Side Effects

Valerian root tea is generally considered safe, but there are a number of side effects to valerian root, that usually come from drinking it in excess. A number of people have reported pains, specifically headaches, migraines, and stomachaches, following the use of valerian root.

Valerian root may also cause feelings of apathy or mild depression. It’s worth noting that valerian root’s effect of drowsiness can also be problematic when combined with other depressants (such as alcohol or certain medications). You should not take valerian root of you are pregnant, nursing, or operating heavy machinery.

Livestrong mentions that valerian root is not physically addictive, but that people should be aware that the relaxing effects can create some form psychological dependence.

It should also not be used by children and pregnant women without doctors approval.

Valerian Root Tea Dosage

The right dosage of valerian root tea varies depending on each person and what you are using it for. If you are looking to treat insomnia, the standard dosage is between 300 and 900 milligrams about 1-2 hours before going to bed. If you are treating anxiety, the standard dosage is 50-100 milligrams about two or three times a day. This will help to ease your anxiety without making you excessively sleepy.

You’ll find that some people, however, recommend larger dosages. A good rule of thumb is to start by taking a small dose and seeing how it affects you. You can gradually increase your dosage if you want greater effects, but stop if you experience any of the negative side effects. It’s a good idea to get an expert advice on dosage from your doctor.

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