Vitality Relax+

Out of a beauty subscription box, I received a herbal supplement called Vitality Relax+

I really want to try it out. I did not check if it has any interaction with what I take yet but this is the ingredient

• Valerian root
• Passion flower
• Cramp bark

Has anybody heard of this?


Valerian is an herb. Medicine is made from the root.

Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). It is frequently combined with hops, lemon balm, or other herbs that also cause drowsiness. Some people who are trying to withdraw from the use of “sleeping pills” use valerian to help them sleep after they have tapered the dose of the sleeping pill. There is some scientific evidence that valerian works for sleep disorders, although not all studies are positive.

Valerian is also used for conditions connected to anxiety and psychological stress including nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, fear of illness (hypochondria), headaches, migraine, and stomach upset.

Some people use valerian for depression, mild tremors, epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Valerian is used for muscle and joint pain. Some women use valerian for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes and anxiety.

Sometimes, valerian is added to bath water to help with restlessness and sleep disorders.

In manufacturing, the extracts and oil made from valerian are used as flavoring in foods and beverages.

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I’ve tried valerian root with passion fruit for sleep/anxiety and it did not help.

It still acts the same way benzos do by binding to the gaba receptors so it can be just as harmful over the long term.

It also smells awful…

I’ve never heard of cramp bark though.

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I called my pharmacist, he said interactions are not documented for my medications so he advised not to take it.
I am so tired. Maybe I feel too intense today because I stopped benzos cold turkey.

I feel over the edge agitated for no reason.

I just made some hot cocoa and took one more L-Theanine.

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My dad once told me he was given valerian root tea to help him sleep when he was a kid. I remember he said that valerian root was stinky and “smelled like old socks”. The strange things one remembers… :thinking:

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Valerian root gives me a migraine. It also breaks down in your liver, so do not combine it with alcohol or Tylenol.

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You might want to try aromatherapy if you’re having issues sleeping or relaxing. lavender is a good scent to try if you are interested. But as far as ingesting anything with herbs Valerian may interact poorly especially if anything you take has a sedative effect.

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Why did you stop taking the benzo’s? Are you having any withdrawals?

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Benzos is not doing much for me.
I am taking 1-2 mg on most days and it does nothing for my anxiety. like 5% difference I guess?

I am trying to find alternatives.

I already take L-Theanine