Valerian mother tincture
The Valerianacee family consists of over one hundred and fifty species, however the most famous and used is undoubtedly the valerian, a perennial plant in the middle between an herb (it is in fact an herbaceous) and a flower. Valerian is a plant of European origin mainly found in wooded areas, however it can also be found in the United States and in some regions of South America. In these areas and in Japan it has become so famous for its properties that it is even cultivated. It is also called "cat grass", as these animals are incredibly attracted to it, which is why it is almost never used in gardens, as a decorative grass, even though it is aesthetically beautiful. Few people know that the name Valerian derives from the Latin verb "valere", which means healthy, fit, and in fact this evergreen plant, widespread both in summer and winter, has a tall (almost one meter) and sturdy decorated stem from a myriad of small flowers that bloom late in the spring, giving off a slight scent in the air. However, it is not flowers that are used for their therapeutic properties, but the roots of valerian, which have a high concentration of valerianic and malic acid, tannins and borneol, very precious active ingredients for the body's well-being. The main property of valerian is the sedative one: this herb, in fact, performs a deep soothing action very effective on those suffering from disorders such as anxiety, insomnia and generalized agitation.
The mother tincture of valerian
The mother tincture of valerian has different uses, all of which can be traced back to mood disorders. As mentioned above, in fact, this herbaceous plant has an extraordinary calming power comparable in all respects to that of a mild sedative. Its effectiveness is greater on subjects whose pathologies have never been treated with tranquilizers or antidepressant drugs such as SRRI, however valerian can also be useful to limit the side effects given by the scaling of these drugs. The use of the mother tincture of valerian is recommended to all those who suffer from constant and generalized anxiety or anxiety crises, to those who are going through a particularly stressful period, full of tension, to those who cannot relax because they are waiting for an important commitment. Furthermore, taken before going to bed, valerian promotes sleep and reduces the risk of insomnia and nightmares, of frequent or early awakenings. The mother tincture of valerian, which has unchanged the curative active ingredients of the roots, helps the hyperactive people to enjoy their well-deserved rest and to control the frequent mood swings due to hyperexcitability and anxiety. The action of valerian is also demonstrated on the secondary effects of these anxious syndromes, phenomena not just like palpitations, tachycardia, muscle spasms and gastritis, which generally amplify anxiety further. The mother tincture of valerian can finally be taken with appreciable results by women suffering from premenstrual syndrome, to mitigate the symptoms that accompany the arrival of the cycle, or by menopausal women, to counteract the onset of melancholy, anxiety and depressed mood .
Use of the valerian mother tincture
Before starting a treatment with mother tincture of valerian it is advisable to consult your doctor and the herbalist, who will be able to advise us adequately about the amount to be taken and the duration of the treatment. In general, from twenty to thirty drops of valerian mother tincture are used to cure anxious states, to be taken up to a maximum of three times a day, preferably at the same time, perhaps before main meals (not after). It is advisable to take the last dose before going to bed, so as to counter the insomnia, and the first to late morning, so as not to cause excessive sleepiness. It is advisable to respect the recommended doses, reaching a maximum of fifty drops, or, if you suffer from severe insomnia, take sixty drops only once a day, half an hour before going to bed.
Effects and contraindications of valerian
Valerian has a calming effect that helps control anxiety, promotes relaxation and reduces mental hyperactivity typical of anxiety. It is important, however, to stress that it treats stress-related disorders and not actual psychiatric illnesses that must instead be treated with a psychological and pharmacological path. Since excessive tension builds up also discharging on the muscles, often anxious people suffer from cramps and more or less intense muscular pains: the valerian intervenes on these soothing the pain and facilitating its endurance. Furthermore, by counteracting the stress at the root, these problems also diminish and gradually disappear. Taking valerian does not have any real side effects, but some precautions should be used. The valerian, in fact, slightly lowers the attention threshold and can interfere with the concentration, therefore with a continuous use it is possible to feel a little sleepy during the day, or listless at work: in this case it might be appropriate to decrease the doses.