Botanical Name

Valeriana officinalis

Common Names

Valerian Root, Blessed herb, Vandal root, Capon's tail, English Valerian, Heal-all, Heliotrope, Setwall

Valerian is also known as garden heliotrope and is a perennial herb growing up to five feet in height. Valerian prefers moist soils and is often seen growing along riverbanks. Valerian has pink, white or purple-white flowers and a hollow stems bearing large-toothed, dark green leaves. Its underground roots are harvested and dried to make healing preparations. The roots have a strong aroma and are short and thick.These dried roots has a strong odor which many find unpleasant.

Valerian is one of the most important herbal sedative. It is valued for its many believed medicinal uses. Valerian is a non-addictive tranquilliser that is used against treating panic attacks or nervous tension, sleeping disorders and restlessness. It is a marvelous remedy for fevers. Will often clear a cold overnight. Valerian have long been used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders such as stomach cramps, colic and diarrhea.
Valerian can also be used as a herbal tea and in pharmaceutical preparations, which can be used as an enema for pin worms and tape worms and externally as a wash for sores, wounds and chronic skin diseases. Valerian is used as a fragrance component in soaps and fragrances. It is also used as a flavor ingredient in liqueurs, tobacco and as an apple flavoring. Valerian has a curious effect on some animals.

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