Latin name: Valeriana fauriei
Synonyms: V.officinalis, V.officinalis var. angustifolium, Vofficinalis var. latifolia.
Plant family: Valeriananaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation of the rhizomes.
Origin: Native to Europe and parts of Asia. (France)
Plant characteristics: Perennial herb up to 1.5 meters high with an erect, hollow stem, dark leaves and lots of purplish-white flowers. Largely showing above ground are its short, thick, greyish roots which have a strong odour.
Oil characteristics: An orange to dark brown liquid with a warm, woody, balsamic, musky odour.
Traditional use: This herb has been highly esteemed since the medieval times and used to be called ‘all heal’. In the west it is mainly used for nervous tension or restlessness, such as insomnia, migraine, dysmenorrhoea, intestinal colic, rheumatism and as a pain reliever.
Blends well with: Patchouli, pine, lavender, cedarwood, mandarin, petitgrain, and rosemary essential oils
Cautions and comments: Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization, use in moderation.
Main chemical constituents: Bornyl acetate, isovalerate, caryophyllene, pienes.
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.