5 Benefits Of Using Valerian Essential Oil During Pregnancy
By: Kratika Mon, 08 Aug 2022 1:14 PM
Valerian essential oil cures insomnia and improves healthy sleep pattern, reduces mental stress and depression, improves digestive function, helps to moisturize the skin, regulate blood pressure, reduce frequency of heart palpitations and stretch marks, improve bone health and reduces pain due to swollen feet.
Valerian essential oil is one of the herbal oils that has become popular in the last few years and can be bought from any retail e-commerce website. It grows in North America, Europe and some parts of Asia. It grows for over two years and exists in 200 different types. Valerian root has been commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety. Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body undergoes many physical and chemical changes. For sleeplessness and anxiety, which are common symptoms of pregnancy, strong chemical medicine is usually to be avoided. In that case, essential oils can serve as a healthy alternative.
# Cures Insomnia and Improves Healthy Sleep Pattern
In the medical research journal Sleep Medicine, the study named Valerian for insomnia: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials suggests valerian root relaxes body muscles, reduces the hyperactivity of your body and mind. When you get enough sleep, your brain is completely functional and you have increased energy to go through the day. Consuming valerian oil in a controlled dosage ranging from 400 mg to 1000 mg depending on your medical history and physical specifications, can reduce insomnia and make you fall asleep 20 minutes faster than usual.
# May Reduce Mental Stress and Depression
It is easy to feel extremely stressed during pregnancy because of the financial and emotional responsibility that you are undertaking in the process of being a mother. Pregnancy changes you and activities you had found relaxing and enjoyable before might be restricted- like heavy dancing. Drastic lifestyle changes and changes to your diet, cutting off from alcohol consumption, smoking, may also cause a feeling of loneliness and depression. In that case, valerian oil has a calming effect which helps in reducing mental stress and promotes relaxation.
# May Improve Digestive Function
During pregnancy the regular efficiency of the digestive system is reduced. You may have more trouble digesting food than usual due to lesser secretion of digestive enzymes. The hormonal changes in your body affect smooth digestion and can cause gas build up, indigestion and acidity, which are regular symptoms of digestion. The valerian oil smoothens the digestive muscles, promotes better absorption of nutrients into the body and prevents constipation and acidity.
# Helps to Moisturize The Skin and Helps with Stretch Marks
Valerian oil is commonly used in skin care products because it moisturizes and nourishes the skin. Valerian oil also prevents opening up of sores which prevents flaky, dry skin which cracks easily. You can use valerian oil with any moisturizer or cream that you use regularly and apply it on your face and belly. If you have a history of sensitive skin, please consult your dermatologist before doing so.
# Helps to Improve Bone Health and reduces pain due to swollen feet
Osteoporosis is extremely common in women. During pregnancy your body needs more nutrients and minerals than usual. Calcium aids bone health. Apart from a healthy diet of Calcium, the root of the valerian plant contains compounds that increases bone strength and reduces the pain caused due to swollen feet, especially near the ankles.