One of the more easily recognizable scents in aromatherapy, Valerian Root Essential Oil emits a potent, earthy aroma that’s sure to alert the senses! Steam distilled from the root of this herb, valerian oil may:
Help to instill a sense of calm relaxation**
Soothe and help encourage tranquility**
Attract cats like catnip!
What is Valerian Root?
Also known as garden heliotrope, valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a flowering perennial herb native to the moist, temperate meadows and woodlands of Europe. Reaching a height of 4 feet tall, valerian blooms in early summer with umbrella-like tufts of sweet-smelling white and pink flowers. While the flowers may be eye-catching, it’s the rhizome and roots of this herb that has garnered attention for centuries.
Used in wellness practices for over 2000 years, valerian was first described for its benefits in 40 A.D. by Greek botanist Dioscorides. The origin of its name is often said to be from the Latin word “valere,” meaning health or wellness. Stemming to more than just health applications, valerian delves into the superstitious, as it was used in Medieval Sweden during weddings to ward of the envy of the elves!
Valerian Root Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the dark, woody roots of this age-old herb, valerian root essential oil emits a potent earthy, musty aroma that may be intense to some at first. However, using this oil in aromatherapy slowly reveals sweet and subtle notes. It is perhaps most popular in aromatherapy for its ability to help instill a sense of calm relaxation. It can be soothing and hypnotic for some, offering a state of tranquility that we can all use from time to time.
Blending essential oils opens up a world of aromatherapy possibilities! Other oils that complement valerian root oil’s potent fragrance include: cedarwood, chamomile, lavender, mandarin, nutmeg, patchouli, pine, rosemary, and sandalwood oils.
Piping Rock's pure Valerian Root Oil is available in 1/2 oz. bottles.
Valerian Root Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Valerian Root Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its earthy-sweet scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Valerian Root Oil to ~10 mL of any Piping Rock carrier oil.
Valerian Root Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.