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Valerian

Valerian is a traditional medicinal herb, used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances due to symptoms of mild anxiety. It promotes a good night’s sleep, naturally.  Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a hardy perennial plant native to Europe and northern Asia. One erect stem, usually of 20-150cm, develops distinctive-looking, flowering heads of white or pale pink from June to September. 

Valerian has a very long history of use throughout Europe and Asia and was well known to all the great physicians. Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Galen called it “phu”, perhaps because of its pungent smell. Weiss used it for nervous states with excitement, nervous insomnia and nervous palpitations. Nicholas Culpeper (1652) and John Gerard (1597 and 1633) mentioned it in a similar vein in their famous works. In the Middle Ages, it was seen as a “heal-all” and, strangely, was used as a perfume, with some of the roots being placed among linen ....

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