Valerian is a hardy perennial flowering plant native to Britain, Europe and parts of Asia, although more recently it has been introduced into the United States.
Traditionally recommended as a remedy for sleeplessness and stress, Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb for millennia.
Indeed, in ancient Greece and Rome the herb was used as a remedy for anxiety and insomnia, and is still indicated as such in herbal medicine today, where it is promoted as a natural sedative and relaxant.
Valerian is also indicated for a range of other nervous disorders, as well as for migraines and nervous headaches, epilepsy and ADHD.
According to current herbal medicine consensus, Valerian is also said to help reduce blood pressure, as well as relieve symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort.
To make a decocotion: Boil for 15-20 minutes and strain before drinking.
For further information on the properties and benefits of Valerian we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.