Valerian root is an oil of understanding, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It is of particular value to those who are too hard on themselves. Valerian root can help us move away from unhealthy forms of guilt, understand that we have learned the lessons of the past, accept who we were and who we are, and forgive ourselves for the foolishness (or even stupidity) that is in our past.
Valerian root essential oil contains some volatile components not found in any other essential oil currently produced for sale. These components are useful for an incredibly long list of conditions related to nerves and nervous tension. This is a versatile essential oil that can soothe your spirit, calm your nerves, and help you cope with the stresses of our modern world. It is useful for headache, irritability, pre-menstrual symptoms, any type of cramping or spasms, insomnia, heart palpitations, panic attacks, and neuralgia.
While valerian acts as a sedative and nervine on most people, there are a small percentage of people who react just the opposite. Valerian “wires” them, making them irritable and aggressive. This effect wears off quickly, but should be accepted as a clear indication that this oil is not for you–at least, not at this time.