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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