Here I am going to post an herbal remedy of the day, either as I come across them in my studies and practices, or as I am reminded of them. I hope you all find these useful in whatever way possible.
Today's Herbal Remedy is:
Tincture of Valerian Root- Valerian root has been highly regarded in herbal medicine and has been used for centuries. It is a very bitter and has a very potent odor, it is either considered nauseous or pleasant depending on the person but in my experience many people say it smells like old dirty socks. However don't let the smell run you awry because this herb is one that is very effective for those that are effected by insomnia, stress, and nervous system disorders. It is a mild sedative and affects the nervous system by inhibiting several neurotransmitters in the brain, and also affects one's dopamine and serotonin levels. This herb is also excellent for those with muscle tension, muscular spasms and pain, even arthritis. Tincture of Valerian can be made using the general tincturing method either using vodka preferably 100 proof but 80 proof will do as well, for those sensitive to alcoholic tincture you may also use apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin as solvent bases. The ratio mixture for this compound is 1:1, 1 part Valerian root to 1 part of vodka, or another alternative solvent, except when using vegetable glycerin make sure to dilute it with water, half and half. Standard dosage is between 50-80 drops three times daily for the average adult, for children between 6-13 the dose should no more than 30 drops three times daily. There are no known toxic or adverse side affects using this herb or tincture although it can have the opposite affect in people sensitive to the herb, in this case stop using this form of herbal treatment.