I have been taking valerian for many years. It helps with stress during the day without making me sleepy and it helps relax me at bedtime so I can get to sleep.
March 10, 2013
For a good nights sleep
Valerian root is great. I am into natural supplements. I am 50ish and do not take any doctor prescribed medication. My wife,vitamins, herbs, excersize,and meditation, are doing me just fine. Of course a good diet, and a good nights sleep are part of the package. After I shower, I take Valerian root 1 hour before bed time. I turn on some relaxing music, or read until I am falling into deep sleep. I then climb into bed and snuggle. I notice that I have vivid dreams now. I like that.
November 4, 2012
Stinks like crazy!!
This definitely takes the edge off so you can feel ready to go to sleep. If you can get past the smell it works. No bad taste so that is good.
March 25, 2012
This product takes the edge off my frazzeled mind when things get too hectic. I have also found it helpful to get a better quality of sleep.
October 16, 2011
NOW name brand quality
I have been taking one, not two, nightly about 2-4 hours before bed, just to relax & be mellow. I tend to burn the candle at both ends, go go go, and this helps me unwind while doing email, reading etc. on internet.
I don't take this for sleep; I take melatonin for that [and I've found less is more for me: 1/2 mg of melatonin and I'm 220 pound male].
Again I don't think this would help me for sleep if I wanted to stay asleep, but it is great for winding down. If I have to get up in just a few hours, I'll take one or two of these valerian root from NOW, knowing I won't have the hangover I can get from melatonin.
I also need to mention that this bottle is over 5 years old and works fine. I got it, used it for awhile, just got away from it, probably because of the melatonin, then returned to it, trying it for relaxation instead of sleep, and that has been a super solution.
So the quality is there, the ability to maintain potency with age is there, and lastly I think it smells GOOD! Smells like ground herbs or leaves to me, not like socks or other horrible terms I've read about other brands.
January 28, 2011