Scientific Name:Valeriana officinalis
About this Herb:Native to Europe and Asia, Valerian has been introduced to North America and can be found growing in damp areas like the edges of creeks, rivers and lakes as well as some roadside drainage ditches. This perennial grows to a height of 5 feet. Its fernlike leaves are serrated and dark-green. Atop the tall stems clusters of small, tubular, pinkish-white, sweetly scented flowers bloom in early summer.
Common Names:All-heal, American English Valerian, Blessed Herb, Capon's Tail, English Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, German Valerian, Great Wild Valerian, Heal-all, Heliotrope, Setwall, Vandal Root, Vermont Valerian, Wild Valerian
Uses:A root decoction or tincture is said to have a calming and sleep inducing affect. Valerian is used to treat nervous conditions, insomnia, anxiety and badly contracted muscles. Dried roots have a catnip like effect on felines. The roots can be used to make a soothing bath. For acne or skin rashes use the roots to make a poultice.
Applications:Decoction: Use root to make decoction. Valerian should be simmered in a covered pot for 2 to 4 hours. Do not boil this root. Strain, add honey and drink 1 cup per day or before bed.
Tincture: Make decoction from root and strain. When cooled add 2 tbsp. of decoction to 1 shot of drinking alcohol and drink. This should be done 3 times a day.
Capsule: Follow dosage on bottle.