Valerian Root Extra

Valerian Root Extra
Botanical Name: Valeriana officinalis
Country of Origin: France
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Parts Used: dried rhizomes

CAS No: 8008-88-6
Flash Point:  > 44 degrees C

Odor: Characteristic, light camphor note, reminiscent of hop.
Appearance: Yellow to greenish brown liquid.



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Note the botanical Names:
Valerian from India: Valeriana jatamansi / wallichii
Valerian from Europe: Valeriana officinalis

Family: Valerianaceae

History:
A perennial herb with deeply dissected leaves, which grows up to 1.5 m high. It is a native of Asia, and it grows in most parts of Asia and Europe. This plant is also cultivated in Russia, the Baltic state, Belgium, Germany and France.
Valerian oil is a warm, earthy odor and a distinct musk-like character of great tenacity.

The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried rhizomes. odor with a distinct note of valerian acid, more or less pronounced according to the age of the oil.

Uses:
Valerian is used in certain flavors, e.g. for tobacco, root beer types, etc.
In perfumery, the oil could be used in pine needle fragrances, chypres and moss types.

Traditional Uses:
- antispasmodic
- carminative
- stomachic
- sedative

Often may be recommended for the treatment of:
- migraines
- insomnia
- hysteria
- fatigue
- stomach cramps
- nervous tension
Note: usually as a tea

Blends well with:
oakmoss, lavandin, rosemary and it can present interesting effects as a modifier in all types of woody fragrances.

However, I must admit, the 'first time sniff' of this oil was really shocking.. if you have not experienced this oil .. think of the most disgusting dirty sock smell.. oh boy. Though blended with other oils it is interesting.

General Safety:
Non-toxic, non-irritation, no adverse skin reactions.
GRAS status

Caution:
External use only.
Do NOT use undiluted on the skin.
Keep away from children and pets.

 

Ref:
S. Arctander - Perfume and Flavor Material of Natural Origin pg 636
Salvatore Battaglia - The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy Third Edition

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