A perennial herb originating from Europe, valerian is a flowering plant that typically grows to around four feet tall and blooms during early summer. The source of valerian's potent earth-like scent, however, is its dark, woody roots. Most prominently used to help ease occasional tension and restlessness, valerian's fragrance is often described as full, deep and musty. Though it can make a heady introduction, valerian reveals sweet and subtle notes after its initial impression.
Plant Part Used
Strong. Earthy, musky and slightly sweet.
Valerian Root Essential Oil Benefits
Relaxing, tranquilizing and hypnotic. Promotes deep serenity.
Blends Well With
Cedarwood, Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood
History of Valerian
Although valerian shares its name with an emperor of ancient Rome, the herb has little in common with the ruler aside from a strong presence. Used throughout the ages in traditional wellness practices across the globe, valerian has long been employed for a variety of applications, but is most readily associated with easing occasional sleeplessness. While each person may have a slightly different reaction to the scent, valerian's most ardent fans may be cats, who tend to adore the fragrance with the same enthusiasm as catnip!
Using Valerian Root Essential Oil
All essential oil blends are for aromatherapy use only and are not for ingesting!
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Bath & Shower
Add 5-10 drops to hot bath water, or sprinkle into shower steam before getting in for an at-home spa experience.
8-10 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil. Apply a small amount directly to areas of concern, such as muscles, skin, or joints. Work the oil gently into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
Inhale the aromatic vapors directly from the bottle, or place a few drops in a burner or diffuser to fill a room with its scent.
This oil can be used in your homemade DIY projects, such as in candles, soaps and other body care products!