Valerian

Cultivate Valerian in Your Herb Garden for its  Medicinal Benefits Native to Europe and parts of Asia, Valerian is a perennial flowing plant with straight, hollow stems topped by an umbrella-shaped fringe of delicate pink or white flowers. Despite its elegant look, its roots, when dry, can give off an unpleasant odor. Ever since the time of ancient Greece and Rome, valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, such as insomnia, anxiety, nervousness and heart palpitations. Its popularity as…

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Valerian

DIY Homemade Valerian Tea For an herb whose medicinal properties scientists still fiercely debate over, valerian has seen a mind-blowing number of applications. Galen, the ancient Roman pharmacist, surgeon and philosopher, named it “phu” after its pungent smell, prescribing it as a cure for insomnia. This perennial herb protected bridegrooms from the evil eye of elves during the Middle Ages and came to be used as popular European perfume extract in the 17th century. Native Americans turned to valerian as a substitute for flour; Germans used…

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