A perennial herb with deeply dissected leaves, which grows up to 1.5 m high. 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 comminuted, dried rhizomes. odor with a distinct note of valerian acid, more or less pronounced according to the age of the oil. The musk like and patchouli like, camphoraceous notes are quite characteristic of the odor of this oil.
Valerian is used in certain flavors, e.g. for tobacco, hony, root beer types, ec. In perfumery, the oil could be used in pine needle fragrances, chypres and moss types.
Blends well with oakmoss and 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.
S. Arctander - Perfume and Flavor Material of Natural Origin pg 636