Valerian Essential Oil
Latin name Valeriana fauriei – Family species Valerianaceae
Valerian is also known as V officinalis, V officinalis var angustifolium, V officinalis var latifolia, European Valerian, Common Valerian, Belgian Valerian, Fragrant Valerian, and Garden Valerian. Valerian is often found in pharmaceutical products and herbal teas as a relaxant and sleep aid.
An absolute by solvent extraction is also available.
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Olive / brown (darkens with age)
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Balsamy, warm, woody, musky, leathery, fresh green topnote
Perfume Aroma – Base note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Herb
Part Used – Rhizomes
Countries of Origin – Belgium, Netherlands, France, Britain, Scandinavia, Yugoslavia (former), China, Japan, Mexico, Hungary, Russia
Extraction Method – Steam distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
Bornyl acetate, isovalerate, caryophyllene, pinenes, valeranone, ionone, eugenyl isovalerate, borneol, patchouli alcohol, valerianal
Applications and Uses
Valerian is used in some aromatherapy applications, and is also used as a fragrance for soaps and some other products. Other commercial uses of valerian include as flavoring for tobacco and drinks, and veterinary and pharmaceutical products.
Valerian blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
It is stated that valerian should only be used in moderation (if at all).
Can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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