Dried Valerian Root
has been used as a medicinal herb since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates and Galen prescribed Valerian
for insomnia. In the 16th century, it was used to treat nervousness, trembling, headaches, and heart palpitations. During World War II, it was used in England to relieve the stress of air raids.
In addition to sleep disorders, Valerian
has been used for gastrointestinal spasms and distress, epileptic seizures, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
In medieval Sweden, Valerian
was sometimes placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the "envy" of the elves.
Currently, research has begun to confirm the scientific validity of the historic uses of Valerian Root
. Germany's Commission E approved valerian
as an effective mild sedative and the United States Food and Drug Administration listed valerian
as "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS). Scientists aren't sure how valerian
works, but they believe it increases the amount of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA helps regulate nerve cells and has a calming effect on anxiety. A class of drugs called benzodiazepines, (Xanax and Valium), also work by increasing the amount of GABA in the brain. Researchers think valerian
may have a similar effect.
has a sharp odor and is often combined with other calming herbs, including passion flower
, lemon balm
to make a soothing, calming tea.
will give a cat the same sense of ecstasy as catnip
is a mild stimulant. Though it doesn't do any harm, it shouldn't be given to cats with kidney ailments.
This is a Starwest Botanicals USDA Certified Organic Product
As with any herb or supplement, a physician should be consulted prior to use.