Known as valerian, is a perennial flowering plant native to Europe and parts of Asia. Valerian has fragrant pink or white flowers and is known for its medicinal properties.
Valerian, garden heliotrope, common valerian or all-heal
Valerian is a nervous system relaxant, hypnotic, hypotensive, anxiolytic, analgesic, antibiotic, expectorant, bitter, carminative, sedative (paradoxical stimulant), antispasmodic, and emmenagogue.
Valerian has many benefits and can help reduce anxiety, stress and improve sleep disorders.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has many benefits including its use as a natural remedy for insomnia and sleep disorders due to its sedative properties. Many individuals use valerian as an alternative to sleep aids due to the improvement in the quality of sleep after use. Valerian also hasanxiolytic effects whichhelps to reduce anxiety and stress. Additionally, valerian can help create muscle relaxation and alleviate symptoms of menstrual discomfort.
Valerian can be used in various forms but is commonly used in tea. The roots from valerian are typically used in tea and are consumed before bedtime for relaxation. Valerian supplements are also commonly used and come in the form of a capsule or tablet, along with tinctures that are mixed with water or applied directly under the tongue.
Dating back centuries, Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has a long history of use due to its medicinal properties, specifically in ancient Greece and Rome. It was mentioned by several renowned physicians of the time, including Hippocrates and Galen, who documented its use for various ailments. It then became a staple in traditional herbal medicine across Europe and Asia and used to treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and nervous disorders.