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Valerian Root essential oil is the volatile oil obtained by steam distillation from the root of the Valerian Plant. Properties: Stress releasing, calming and relaxing, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, tranquilizer and temperature reducing.
A single flowering stem rises of up to four feet rises from the root. Its leaves are lancet-shaped, and it has small fleshy pink flowers with a peculiar scent. Valerian is native to Europe, North America, and the northern part of Asia. Altogether, the genus contains about 150 different species that are widely distributed throughout temperate zones. Both the root and the rhizome are highly prized. The major chemical constituents of Valerian have only fairly recently been identified as a sesquiterpene grouping of bicyclo[8, 1, 0] 5β-hydroxyl-7β-acetoxyl-5α,11, 11′-trimethyl-E-1(10)-ene-4α, 15-olide [Briq, 2006]. Valerian Root is believed to be a suitable replacement for catnip based on similar chemical components.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Botanical Name: Valeriana wallichi
Plant Part: Root
Processing Method: Steam Distillation
Description / Color / Consistency: A viscous olive or reddish to brown liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A base note with a medium aroma, Valerian Root Essential Oil has a deep, earthy, slightly woody scent.