An herb has grown to combat insomnia!
Valerian is one of the oldest used medicinal plants. The gentle, calming effect was introduced in the 18th century. Discovered in the century and researched ever since. It is native to Europe and the temperate zones of Asia and is particularly easy to identify by its intense “scent”.
The main ingredients are essential oils (0.3–2.1 %), valepotriates (0.1–2 %), lignans and flavonoids. Unlike other drugs, it is not just a single ingredient that is responsible for the medicinal effect of valerian, but rather a synergistic effect, i.e. h. an interaction of all effective substances. This means that the total extract of the root is the most valuable and guarantees the optimal effect. This is produced in an extraction process with a mixture of water and alcohol.
It has an antispasmodic and calming effect. Restlessness, nervous-related difficulty falling asleep, nervous exhaustion and mental overwork, in states of anxiety and excitement. The time it takes to fall asleep is shortened and the quality of sleep is significantly improved.
- as a component of various gastrointestinal tea mixtures, as well as in calming, nerve and sleeping teas;
- as herbal medicines (phytopharmaceuticals):
Usually in combination with other medicinal plants such as hops, lemon balm and passionflower in all common dosage forms;
- as valerian baths.
The full extracts, also in combination with other essential oils and plant extracts, act as a mild sedative in the bath. The warm bath has a muscle-relaxing effect. The effect occurs through both the skin and the limbic system. Ideal for nervous complaints, sleep disorders and general restlessness.
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
There are no side effects or Effects on responsiveness known. Bathing temperature 34–37 °C with a bathing time of 10–20 minutes. When used as directed, there are no known risks or side effects. Not suitable for children and 12 years of age. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking it. As a precaution, you should not drive a car for up to 2 hours after taking it, as your ability to react can be reduced.
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