Valerian Root magical properties have been used for centuries. We have compiled the history of Valerian and its use in magical and metaphysical practice. The medicinal use of Valerian is covered but mind our medical disclaimer as we are not physicians or therapists.
Valerian Root History
There are about 150 species worldwide of the specific epithet, Valeriana. It was so well regarded as a remedy in medieval times that they commonly referred it to as ‘All Heal’.
The root is aromatic. Though most find the smell unappealing and think it smells like feet or a locker room. Cats seem to be intoxicated by its scent and it seems attractive to rats as well, and was used to bait rat traps. Then again, Anglo-Saxons in England would use the stems and leaves of the herb as salad. Other traditions would place the root in clothing and use it as a base in perfumes.
Valerian Root Magical Properties
Alchemists relate valerian to feminine qualities. Its element is water and the ruling planet is Venus. Venus Rules Taurus and Libra, neither of which are water signs. Valerian properties are a combination of water-Venus and not an amalgamation.
We can use Valerian as a saining or fumigation herb of protection and purification . The combination of protection and sleep provides support to the psyche. With a combination of Venus and water, how can it not relate to love magic?
Historical Use of Valerian Magic
Valerian Root Healing Magick *
Valerian is used to relax the nerves. It has been used sedative and is safe to use to reduce anxiety, tension and hysterical states. Its antispasmodic properties aids in relieving muscle and menstrual cramps.
1 teaspoon valerian steeped in a cup of hot water for 15minutes.
Tension and mental calming: ½ teaspoon valerian, ½ teaspoon skullcap
Sleep: ½ teaspoon valerian, ¼ teaspoon passion flower. Drink one hour before bed
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Beyerl, Rev. Paul, The Master Book of Herbalism, Blaine, WA.: Phoenix Publishing Co., 1984
Cunningham, Scott, Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2015
Grieve, M, A Modern Herbal, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1971
Hoffmann, David, The Holistic Herbal, 2001 Harper Collins, London
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