Valerian Essential Oil

Adam Michael has this to say “Valerian is one material that if inhaled enough will make me faint, yes genuinely, the aroma really is not overly nice, in part due to the content of isovalerianic acid, which is reminiscent of sweaty feet and quite dominant. If you can overlook this then the aroma is also somewhat green, woody, medicinal, floral and I detect a musky note that reminds me a little of angelica root.

If valerian is heavily diluted at about 1% of the blend and used via massage it is said to aid a good night’s sleep! I would however advise looking at neroli and chamomile materials prior though if you seek sleep. One area valerian excels within for the therapist is in its use as a powerful nervine stimulant, mentioned in the British Herbal Pharmacopeia as a specific for “conditions presenting nervous excitability.” Produced by steam distilling the roots/rhizomes of the plant and of a pourable viscosity.”

Arctander has this to say “Valerian Oil can be used in perfumery for its musky-woody, balsamic notes which give interesting effects in combination with patchouli, costus, oakmoss, cypriol, etc. In modern chypre variations, and it blends well with all pine materials, lavenders, methyl ionones, cedarwood derivatives, mandarin pettgrain oil, nopyl acetate, quinolone derivatives, isocyclo citral, etc.”

Botanical Name: Valeriana fauriei

Origin: China

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