Valerian Root and Other Natural Calming Aids

by Melissa Chichester

The demands of modern-day lifestyles have many people working to support their lifestyles with calming aids.

Lifestyle and dietary changes can help support rest and calmer feelings, but sometimes you may need a little extra help. Herbs, amino acids, and other nutrients contain active constituents that promote rest and relaxation in the body.** These properties are useful for hectic lifestyles, occasional stress, and even jet lag.**

Valerian root 

Valerian root is a flowering perennial native to Europe and Asia that has been used since ancient Greek and Roman times. In Sweden, valerian root is an important part of wedding folklore. Its yellowish-green extract is present in the dried root and serves as the active part of valerian root. It has a pungent and earthy aroma. Valerian root is traditionally used to support and promote relaxation.** Sometimes valerian root is combined with other time-tested relaxation aids to support rest and better sleep.**

L-theanine 

L-theanine is an amino acid that supports the mood centers of your brain.** It is naturally found in green tea and black tea. In addition, it can help you feel calm and relaxed when you need it, just before bedtime.** L-theanine is sometimes used in conjunction with valerian root and melatonin. Related to glutamate, studies indicate that L-theanine interacts with the neurotransmitter, GABA (gamma aminobutyrate).** 

Magnesium 

Magnesium plays a role in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and it is one of the most important nutrients needed by the body.  Magnesium citrate is one of the most studied forms of this essential mineral and is the preferred form for absorption. At least 300 mg of magnesium citrate per day helps support a calm and relaxed mood and also helps with occasional anxiety.** Magnesium citrate also helps with occasional stress.** 

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Melatonin 

Melatonin is one of the most popular supplements for rest, relaxation, and sleep.** It is a clinically studied ingredient that is present in both humans and animals. Furthermore, melatonin is a hormone responsible for supporting the sleep-wake cycle.** Melatonin production and its release is made to fall in the morning and increase in the evening to support rest and sleep.** In addition, melatonin is excellent for those experiencing jet lag or occasional sleeplessness.**

passion flower

Passion flower

Passion flower plants bloom with vibrant and showy flowers. In some areas of the world, such as the Caribbean and South America, the passion flower plant fruit is used to make juice. The roots and leaves can also be used to make tea. Passion flower extract is also an herbal supplement known for its soothing properties, used by individuals with hectic lifestyles.** 

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5-HTP 

5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin, which is known as the “happy chemical” because it plays a role in mood. It also sends messages throughout the nervous system. Taking one capsule of 5-HTP before bed may promote a calm and relaxed mood.**

Ashwagandha 

Ashwagandha is a popular herb in the Ayurvedic wellness tradition. Today, we know ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stress, helping to benefit overall well-being.** As a clinically-studied ingredient, Ashwagandha KSM-66 may provide occasional anxiety support and support a relaxed mood.**