Friday, May 11, 2012

Soothe Stress and Sleep Well with Valerian

Whether you are stressed out, having trouble sleeping, or just wish to sooth the nerves, valerian root is an excellent remedy. Valerian is useful in relieving general nervousness, preventing insomnia and promoting sleep, and also relieving the symptoms of overall stress. It is helpful to take valerian about an hour before bed, and can either be taken as a hot tea, or encapsulated form.

Valerian can be obtained as a dry roots, tinctures, tea bags or capsules. Never boil valerian root, which can destroy the herbal properties of the root. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any conditions or are taking medications that could affect your ability to take valerian root.

Valerian also has other useful properties, it is an antispasmodic, a carminative, a stimulant, sedative, hypnotic, and a nervine. When taken as a hot tea, it can bring about menstruation, as well as relieve the pain of menstrual cramping. So instead of reaching for a bottle of Midol, make a healthy herbal tea to soothe your symptoms. It will calm your nerves, help you get the rest you need, as well as relieve the pain you suffer.