What is Valerian?

Valerian is a strong perennial plant that has been used for hundreds of years as a sleep aid as well as an anti anxiety cure. This special, yet smelly herb produces small white flowers and tends to bloom from late May to early fall.

Prized for the root of the plant, valerian can be found in North America, Asia, and Europe. This speaks to the untold species and varieties than are now found, however the variety officinalis is the most commonly found and used for medicinal purposes.

Benefits of Valerian:

One of our most amazing herbal remedies, the valerian root is primarily used for relaxing the central nervous system to create a soothing and calming effect. Additional benefits include:

  • Anti Anxiety
  • Sedative
  • Analgesic
  • Sleeplessness
  • Restlessness
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)


While shown to be effective for a wide variety of medicinal purposes, this multi-faceted herbal remedy must be used with appropriate caution. Valerian is not to be used by children, or expectant mothers. Additionally, it should not be used in conjunction with alcohol in an effort to intensify the sedative effects.

Where and How to Buy Valerian Root

As common as valerian root is, you can find it nearly anywhere nutritional supplements are found. It is however recommended that you choose your herbs as organic and as fresh as possible for maximum efficacy.

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