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Pure, Therapeutic Valerian essential oil

Botanical name :   Valeriana officinalis

Extraction method / Source :   Steam distilled / rhizomes

Aroma :  Warm, earthy, tenacious, musky, woody

Note :  Base     Odor Intensity :  5

Key constituents :  Maaliol:  > 45% ,  3-Methylvaleric Acid: > 32%       

Plant description :  Botanical family :  Caprifoliaceae       Valerian is a perennial herb which is native to Asia.   It grows to nearly 5 feet in height and produces green dissected leaves and pink or white flowers with a rich, sweet aroma.

Regions of Production :  France

Growing Practices :    Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. 

Properties :   Antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, digestive aid, sedative.    (Battaglia, 2003) 

Uses / Benefits :  Recommended for insomnia, depression, anxiety, nervous tension and indigestion, bruxism (teeth grinding), migraine headaches.  Helps alleviate neuralgias, reduces restless legs and promotes restful sleep.  Stimulates menstrual flow.  Popular as a musky base for natural perfume making.   (Althea Press, 2015, Battaglia, 2003, Worwood, 1991)

Modes of Administration :  Topical :  massage, compress.   Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, aromatherapy inhaler.

Fragrant influences:  Calming, reduces anxiety, helps balance the emotions.    (Battaglia, 2003)

Safety :  Non-toxic, non-irritating, possibly sensitizing.  Avoid during pregnancy.  Avoid using Valerian before driving, operating machinery, or activities which require concentration.  Do not use for children under 6 years of age.

Blends well with :  Cedarwood, Lavender, Mandarin, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosemary

History / Fun Facts :

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References :

Althea Press, Essential Oils : Natural Remedies, 2015. Althea Press, Berkeley, CA.

Battaglia, SalvatoreThe Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia.

International Fragrance Research Association, http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/standards (January 5, 2016).

United States Food and Drug Administration, HHS, 182.1  Substances That Are Generally Recognized as Safe, 182.20 Essential oils, Oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates), http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/CFR-2012-title21-vol3-sec182 (January 28, 2016).

Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991.  New World Library, Novato, CA.

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets. 

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