Valerian is an herb that helps you sleep by calming the nerves. It is actually the herb from which the drug Valium is derived from, but they have a different potency. Valerian is the natural form and has milder affects on the body.
Valerian has been used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and nervous restlessness for thousands of years, and it continues to be among the most popular herbal remedies to promote relaxation. It is uncertain as to the reason why this herb works, as with other calming herbs, but it may increase GABA chemicals in the brain. GABA is the body’s natural way of calming the body. Valerian may be a very effective remedy in treating Essential Tremor because it is commonly used to help treat mild tremors. Additionally, the FDA has recognized Valerian as generally safe for ingestion.
Note: Valerian is best taken before bed to help you relax and sleep better.
Here is how to make Valerian tea:
- Boil one cup of water
- Pour over 1 teaspoon of dried Valerian root
- Allow the tea to steep for 5-10 minutes
- Consume up to three times a day