All About Valerian


Have you ever cringed at the phrase morning person? Or wondered just exactly how the early bird found the strength to get the worm, rather than pressing snooze for their fifth time that morning? There can be a lot of pressure to acquaint yourself with a fruitful morning, and many simply couldn’t fathom such a lifestyle. Benjamin Franklin once remarked, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” And much modern research has revealed just how important a thorough cyclical rest period of sleep is for humans.

Bluebird Botanicals Snooze Support CBD Soft Gels contain a synergistic blend of ingredients to support healthy sleep cycles.† Valerian root, a key ingredient in this blend, has been long renowned for its ability to support healthy sleep.† Exploration of this effective herb may be a key player in your journey to get the worm…metaphorically, of course.

Valerian root, known less colloquially as Valeriana officinalis, is a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. It has been used as far back as ancient Greece and Rome for treatment of various issues. While the laundry list of alleged remediatory effects may not all have substantial scientific backing, valerian has received quite a reputation in its alleged ability to support sleep. Today, valerian is found in many supplement blends designed to support sleep, due to its efficacy. 

This beloved root has a notoriously strong smell; however, thanks to modern technology, the smell can largely be bypassed. It can be purchased as a tea, tablet, extract, or root for chewing. Bluebird Botanicals Snooze Support CBD Soft Gels contain 150 mg of a 4:1 valerian root extract, which is equivalent to 600 mg of root. It’s encapsulated in a bovine gelatin soft gel, allowing you to completely bypass the taste!

Valerian has been studied extensively for its sleep support properties, but far more interesting is its synergy with another longtime plant ally, hops. Valerian has been found to synergize well with hops, another ingredient of the Snooze Support blend, in the realm of supporting healthy sleep. According to peer reviewed literature, the combination of hops and valerian can help support healthy sleep, which leads to a greater quality of life.† This includes the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep (called “sleep latency”), and the quality of sleep itself.

Much of valerian’s function in supporting a good night’s rest may have to do with its effect on gamma-aminobutyric acid’s (GABA) receptors.† The active constituents of valerian extract seem to interact with these receptors in a manner that supports healthy GABA functioning, a factor that makes it ideal for one’s pre-bedtime ritual. A sedative effect may occur, therefore, caution should be exercised with use of valerian, so vehicles or heavy machinery should not be operated after use of this supplement.

Many of us chase the feeling of waking up in the morning feeling refreshed. For some, the pungent root that has the spotlight in this article could be of some assistance in this department. In addition to providing support for the catching of some good zzz’s, valerian may also support a balanced mood and a healthy response to occasional stress.† For many who need that extra nudge of support to hit their body’s “refresh” button, Bluebird’s Snooze Support blend may be a vital addition to their supplement regimen. Don’t sleep on the benefits of this amazing root… ask your physician if it could be right for you!