Primary Medicinal Uses
Sedation, antispasmodic, anticonvulsive, expelling gas, lowering blood pressure
Tinctures, teas, fresh or dried root
Common Uses

Valerian’s most common use is as a herbal sedative, without inducing an altered state. It is useful for calming animals during thunderstorms, on trips or helping them rest. It may help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in epileptic animals.

Valerian also helps spastic colon or upset stomach due to nervousness.


To use as a sedative, give 5 drops of tincture 3-4 times a day, starting 3 days prior to the stressful event. For cats, use only 1-3 drops.

For helping upset stomach, give 0.25-0.5mL of tincture for each 30 pounds of animal’s body weight 2-3 times daily.

Wulff-Tilford, Mary, and Gregory L. Tilford. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets. Irvine, CA: BowTie, 1999. Print.