Latin Name:  Valeriana officinalis

Part of Plant:  Root/Rhizome

Country of Origin:  India

Method of Production:  Steam Distillation

Valeriana officinalis, also known as Valeriana fauriei and most commonly Valerian (European type), is a perennial herb that is a member of the Valerianaceae botanical family.  Native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in North America, it grows up to 5 feet tall with clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers.  Valerian has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb for many things including nervous disorders, insomnia, and hysteria. 


Valerian essential oil has an extremely powerful, diffusive and unusual aroma.  Please note that the scent of Valerian is not for everyone and is unpleasant to some.  For this reason, it is best used in small amounts as part of a blend.  Try making a blend with Marjoram, Copaiba, and Roman Chamomile, and properly dilute in a lotion or carrier oil for a soothing massage after a long day.  Also, consider blending with oils such as Lavender, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Wild Orange, Clary Sage, and Patchouli for an evening diffuser blend to create a calming and relaxing environment.


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.  

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



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Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy