Valerian Root Powder 300µm

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Valeriana Officinalis L.

  1. #Properties#

    Properties of valerian

    Valerian, Valeriana officinalis L., is a medicinal plant from the Caprifoliaceae family, known in Europe and used since ancient times for its relaxing properties. Its name comes from the Latin "valere ” which means " to be well ”. Valerian was particularly recommended by Hippocrates to fight against nervousness and sleep disorders and to soothe the body. Pline l’Ancien recommended valerian as a medicinal treatment for nervous contractions and spasms. The Romans used it against palpitations and arrhythmia, then valerian was used to treat epilepsy.

    Nowadays valerian is used in herbal medicine and the use of its roots is unsurpassed to promote sleep and fight against stress and insomnia [1]. Indeed, the effectiveness of valerian for sleep problems related to nervousness and anxiety is scientifically recognised by the highest health authorities such as the EMA (European Medicines Agency) and the WHO (World Health Organization). The species Valeriana officinalis L. is thus widely cultivated in the face of the longlasting craze for its anti-stress properties, in Europe but also in the United States and Russia.

    At the origin of these soothing properties is valerenic acid[2], the active ingredients which are notably responsible for reducing anxiety. This acid contained in the root of valerian has a calming effect and relieves nervous agitation. It is also credited with the spasmolytic, muscle relaxant and depressant effects of the plant. Relaxing for the muscles and sedative, valerian also contains hypnotic flavonoids that allow the plant to act on the body like a sleeping pill. By reducing anxiety, valerian contributes to the recovery of quality sleep while promoting serene drowsiness.

    It is generally the underground parts of the plant that are used, the roots. They are constituted with varenal and glutamine. However, valerian is found in several forms on the natural ingredients market: mother tincture, fluid extract, dry extract and herbal teas from dried roots.

    The active ingredients that go into the rich composition of valerian are sesquiterpene ketones [3], non-volatile sesquiterpenes, alkaloids and iridoids. Valeriana officinalis L. also contains GABA[4][5], essential oil greater than 0.5% (containing monoterpenes) as well as lignans and valepotriates[6]. Thanks to its bioactive components, valerian is a source of benefits and is still very successful in restoring quality sleep. Its health benefits remain major in our contemporary societies where sleep crystallises problems due to stress and anxiety, and which have worsened with the onset of COVID-19.

    [1] FONTENEAU, Jean-Marie. La phytothérapie au service du patient insomniaque. Actualités Pharmaceutiques, 2019, vol. 58, no 588, p. 14-16.
    [2] ISTACE, Loelya, QUETIN-LECLERCQ, Joëlle, et JANSSENS, Isabelle. La racine de valériane, une alternative thérapeutique aux benzodiazépines dans la prise en charge des troubles du sommeil?
    [3] Aubépine, passiflore, valériane : triade de la sérénité / Marie-Jeanne Metras-de Francqueville ; [sous la dir. de] Annie Wattez Mémoire ou thèse (version d'origine)
    [4] JOHNSTON, Graham AR, HANRAHAN, Jane R., CHEBIB, Mary, et al. Modulation of ionotropic GABA receptors by natural products of plant origin. Advances in pharmacology, 2006, vol. 54, p. 285-316.
    [5] ORTIZ, José G., NIEVES-NATAL, Jennifer, et CHAVEZ, Pedro. Effects of Valeriana officinalis extracts on [3H] flunitrazepam binding, synaptosomal [3H] GABA uptake, and hippocampal [3H] GABA release. Neurochemical research, 1999, vol. 24, no 11, p. 1373-1378.
    [6] SOLATI, J. et SANAGUYE MOTLAGH, H. Anxiolytic effects of Valepotriates extracted from Valeriana officinalis L. in rats. Journal of Inflammatory Diseases, 2008, vol. 12, no 3, p. 63-67.

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  2. #Species and parts used#

    Species and parts of valerian used

    A herbaceous plant, valerian grows in moist soils in the wild, in ditches and near streams. Its stems measuring up to two meters are hollow. Valerian roots are mechanically harvested in autumn. They are then washed, cut and dried.

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  3. #Origin & quality#

    Origin and quality of valerian

    At Natural Origins, we guarantee the traceability of our raw materials. Our valerian is grown in France and Eastern Europe. The smell and taste of brown powder from its roots are characteristic. The colour of the powder obtained can vary from light brown to brown verging on green.

    We offer our ingredient in the form of root powder and dry extract. Our Valerian Root Powder 300µm is processed in France. Valerian Root Powder 420µm heat treated is obtained by spraying and heating process to restore 0.1% Valerenic acids. Thanks to our heat treatment process, we also guarantee you a quality valerian powder that complies with microbiological standards.

    Below are the three references from our Life Science & Nutrition range:

    - Valerian Root Powder 300µm
    - Valerian Root Powder 420µm Heat Treated 0.1% Valerenic acids
    - Valerian Root PE 0.8% Valerenic Acid

    The Herbal & Teas reference:

    - Organic Valerian Root Tea Bag Cut 0.3-2.0mm

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  4. #Country of origin#

    Country of origin of Natural Origins' valerian

    France and Eastern Europe (Eastern Poland, Netherlands)

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  5. #Harvest period#

    Valerian harvest time


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  6. #Best availability period at Natural Origins#

    Optimal availability period of valerian at Natural Origins


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