Find yourself having high anxiety levels with panic attack symptoms and having insomina at night? Well, you may wish to consider using a herbal remedy for anxiety and insomnia rather
than turning to drugs for relief. A herbal remedy that is most appropriate is the valerian. The great benefit of this herb is that it works to calm your nerves without many of the side effects that drugs have.

Valerian has a pungent smell, but this is small change compared to the amount of benefits that you can derive from this herbal remedy. Galen, a Greek physician, nicknamed this herb phu, but its scientific name is known as Valeriana officinalis. Much research has been done on this medicinal herb and its healing properties. Valerian contains chemicals called valepotriates,
which apparently depresses some activity of the nervous system.

Herbalists describe valerian as a dry, cool and bitter. Other substances that are in Valerian include alkaloids, volatile oils (including borneol and isovalerianic), and inridoids. Valerian is used for many different ailments, including as an expectorant, tranquilizer, diuretic, lowering blood pressure, antispasmodic, carminative, and as a mild anodyne.

The root is the commonly used part of the plant in the making of a herbal remedy. It can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and strengthening of your heart. It is sometimes used for treating ulcers and wounds as well. This herb is normally harvested in fall.

There are many ways that you can prepare a valerian herbal remedy. Firstly, you can prepare the valerian root into a maceration. Take two tablespoons of the chopped, fresh valerian root and soak it in a cup of cool water for approximately eight hours. Other herbs can be combined as well into this concoction, including peppermint, which can make it taste slightly better. A valerian root hot tea is another great choice to help decrease your anxiety and insomnia symptoms as well.

Secondly, it is possible to make a potent tincture out of the Valerian root as well for relieving symptoms of insomnia and anxiety. Start with low dosages of Valerian around 1-2ml. One possible side effect of using valerian is headaches. By starting your dosage lower, you can help keep this symptom at bay. You can gradually increase the Valerian if needed.

Thirdly, you can also make a compress out of Valerian. Additionally, for muscle cramps, simply soak a clean pad in the tincture and place it on the area where you are having pain.

Fourthly, if you need to drawing splinters out and treating wounds and chronic ulcers, a valerian herbal wash is most helpful. Use the wash over your cuts and pains.

It is important that before you use the valerian root to help calm your nerves for relieving anxiety levels, you should consult your doctor that it is safe for you to do so. You also want to avoid the problem of drug interactions, especially if you are already on any drug medications. Also, if you are pregnant, or have some serious conditions, you need to make sure that consuming the valerian root herb will not create any risks.

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