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    Botanical Name: Valeriana officinalis

    Plant Part: Root

    Country of Origin: China

    Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation

    This high altitude oil naturally contains more effective components than, for instance, Valerian grown in India. Research has found that Valerian root grown at higher altitudes has higher concentrations of valeptorates, one of the primary compounds responsible for this oil's therapeutic effects. Highly sedative in action. Due to its "dirty-socks" smell it is not an oil for perfumery. As a relaxing/sleep inducing blend it has no equal. In ayurveda it's used in suppressing urine.

    It is also known to calm down dogs and cats, although cats do tend to be more sensitive to essential oils than dogs. Use with caution on dogs and cats. Avoid use on sensitive & couperose skin. Useful for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Avoid in pregnancy and with babies and children. Blends well with any citrus essential oil, as well as with any of the conifers. (Cannot ship via air or ocean w/o appropriate documentation, cannot ship via postal air services. Flashpoint: 45C and 132F, UN#1993, flammable liquid.)

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    A Must Have
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    Barb Murphy (Holt, MI, US) | February 5th, 2014
    I bought valerian to have on hand for when I have tachycardia, a racing heartrate, which valarian is supposed to help. I have had occaision to use it for that reason 3-4 times already. Each time I applied a drop to my nostrils and breath deeply and also apply to my neck. It works almost immediately to resolve my magic!! I could not do without this oil. I also quite like the scent. Thanks Camden-Grey!
    Perfect for sleep!
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    Mechelle Wyatt (Gastonia, NC, US) | October 12th, 2013
    I love this oil and have used it to help aid a few clients including myself with sleep! It is deep and woody smelling & it is potent! I personally use this blended with some French Lavender, and Rose Otto before going to bed to help me sleep. I'm a shift worker, and a student.... So can we say sleep deprivation and disruption to the Circadian Rhythm! This oil helps me sleep like a rock with uninterrupted sleep! I did use 2 drops on each wrist undiluted, but my other half complained it was too loud, so I blended it to soften it up a bit and it worked like a charm. My clients who were having chronic sleepless nights have also reported that their sleep is now normal as well! Go Valerian!
    Doesn't smell as bad as I expected
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    Cory Daughton (Columbus, OH, US) | August 23rd, 2010
    I've been told by several people that Valerian smells like smelly old socks but when I ordered this to help me fall asleep more easily, I was pleasantly surprised that it doesn't smell that way to me. It smells musky, earthy, and slightly fungal, but not offensive. I agree with the reviewer who said that the more-appealing-than-expected scent is probably due to the quality. I also think that it offers a unique undertone that I may even use in natural perfumery when blended with some citrus or herbaceous oils because its warm, musky, earthy, slightly fungal scent is very unusual and extremely comforting. My cat tends to dislike essential oils, but when I use this to help sleep he comes by to investigate and happily sniffs at the air.
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    helen hannum (winsted, CT, US) | June 14th, 2010
    I purchased valerian root for my sisters dog that is terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks. I actually used it on the dog the following day, i mixed three drops of the valerian with a tablespoon of almond oil and massaged it round his chest area and the backs of his ears, within ten minutes the dog had stopped pacing and drooling and was actually calm without being knocked out.I know valerian root can be expensive but its worth buying if you have a dog that has problems with the thunderstorms, it tends to smell like old socks and vinegar but it really works and is worth the money.Cats are more sensative to it so i use less drops per tablespoon.
    Woody fun
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    Mark Sage (New York, NY, US) | April 10th, 2010
    I have to disagree with the description above - I find this oil wonderful for perfumery. It adds a light-woody, unusual, very exotic note to blends - but isn't overpowering. I find the 'dirty socks' smell more typical of the dried herb - there are some funky notes in the pure oil, but mostly it smells great to me even on its own and the odd notes recede when blended. I haven't tried this from other sources, but this strikes me as very high-quality, very fresh-smelling, clear oil. As usual, very pleased with my purchase.
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    FO = fragrance oil



    Essential oils: in 1/32 oz. to 1/4 oz...amber glass vials with orifice reducers. ½ oz. to 2 amber glass bottles with white caps and Eurodroppers...3 to 4 oz. in amber glass bottles with black caps and without orifice reducers...7 oz. in aluminum bottles...15 oz. in amber glass bottles with black caps...10 & 25 lbs. in HDPE plastic containers with wide mouths although, occasionally, 25 lbs. may be dispensed in factory-issued metal containers with pouring spouts.

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    30+ lbs. of carrier oils, other liquids, soft butters, Castile gel and other products are dispensed in plastic HDPE pails w/metal handles & pouring spouts in the lid; those products may remain inside the pails indefinitely when properly stored. After Covid, we reserve the right to use any packaging/dispensing container available to us and not mentioned above because it continues to be difficult many times to restock the same packaging container or material used in the past.

    NOTE: An EO may safely remain inside an aluminum container for up to 3 months, but if storing longer than 3 months the oil should be transferred to amber glass. Fragrances and carrier oils up to 8 lbs. may remain inside HDPE plastic bottles indefinitely. If the customer at any time feels more comfortable transferring a product to glass this should be done. ALL PRODUCTS ARE DISPENSED BY WEIGHT, THUS, SOME CONTAINERS MAY BE FILLED HIGHER THAN OTHERS DEPENDING ON THE WEIGHT AND VISCOSITY OF EACH PRODUCT.

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