Relieve anxiety and sleepless nights with valerian root

Some of the very best remedies and medicinal advice stems back hundreds of years, and is still considered valuable today. A great example of this is the valerian root, which has been easing insomnia, anxiety and nervous restlessness since the second century AD. Valerian root is a natural and herbal sleep aid, widely used and respected by the general population and physicians for it’s sedative effects and anti-anxiety capabilities.

Valerian root is most commonly combined into sleep-promoting tea blends, such as chamomile tea and green rooibos. While valerian root has tons of health benefits, below are 5 key benefits of this product.

Keep this list handy next time you’re looking for a natural health remedy for one of the common symptoms listed here:

Promotes natural sleep

Valerian root is well known for it’s sedative properties, and has been proven in reducing the time it takes to fall asleep, as well as promoting a full and peaceful night’s rest. Unlike prescription medication, the organic ingredients in valerian root are less likely to leave you feeling drowsy the next day.

Reduces anxiety levels

Valerian root assists in relieving anxiety and high stress, through organic means. According to scientific studies, valerian root is said to stimulate a chemical in our brain called GABA, which assists in regulating nerve cells and calming anxiety. This can be seen through prescription medication like Valium too, but with valerian root, it is comforting to know that there is a herbal alternative to combat unnecessary stress and angst without the side effects common is prescription medication. 

Lowers blood pressure

Valerian root not only calms the mind and body, but it can also assist in a regulating and lowering high blood pressure, and promoting heart health. High blood pressure is often caused by anxiety and high stress levels, and by organically reducing these symptoms through the use of valerian root (as we have read above), we’ll be on our way to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Eases menstrual cramps

For many women, the pain and discomfort that comes with the menstrual cycle can be completely debilitating and hugely uncomfortable. Valerian root assists in suppressing muscle spasms and calming the severe uterine muscle contractions, thus relieving a significant amount of discomfort and pain. Valerian root is a fantastic herbal alternative to modern medicine, especially for women who rely on monthly medicinal suppressants to handle their PMS discomfort.

Improves stress management

And last but not least, valerian root assists in improving our overall stress management. As we have read above, valerian root works to ease anxiety, reduce blood pressure, encourage sound sleeping patterns, and ease menstrual discomfort, which in turn, assists us in regulating our stress levels. Valerian root eases our mind and body of physical and psychological stress, and is scientifically proven to improve stress management, so that we can focus on improving the quality of our daily lives.


Do you have any herbal valerian root remedies you live by? If so, share them with us. We would love to hear from you.


A blend of tea called Sleepy Time (which includes dried valerian root, chamomile and green rooibos) can be purchased from The Tea Merchant stores nationwide and via our online store. To view the product online, click here:


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Note: While valerian root is a natural remedy, it should still be consumed within reasonable limitation. An overdose of valerian can lead to side effects such as drowsiness. Not recommended for pregnant women and children younger than 3 years old.


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Joanne Wolfaardt
Joanne Wolfaardt