Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis also called garden valerian.


Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) Valerian is native to the Americas, Asia, and Europe and has been particularly popular since the 17th century. the herb is an erect perennial, growing to four feet with pinnate, divided leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers. It has a massive root system and short rhizomes. The roots are a hairy, spindly mass and are collected in the autumn from two-year-old plants. It grows wild in damp areas, and is cultivated in Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Russia for pharmaceutical purposes. Other varieties are found in South Africa, China, and Indonesia, the Himalayas, and North America. Each is used for a variety of reasons. Valerian grows as a weed in Europe and most parts of the British Isles.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.

Medicinal properties:

Valerian is considered to work on the nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems as a stimulant it is used for various disorders of these systems. Also

it is treatment of sleeping disorders, restlessness and anxiety, and a muscle relaxant, treatment of traumatism also decreasing blood sugar .

This plant is also used to relieve headache due to smoking and drink alcohol. valerian's historical used as a sedative, migraine treatment and pain reliever, and it is skin massaging.

Roots of the plant, after maceration, and dehydration processes are packaged usually into capsules, in medication.

How to prepare:  It should be dried under 40º and then milled.

Cosmetic properties: It is used in perfume industry.

product code: 116

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