Is a hardy perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers which bloom in the summer months. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Use as a sedative, anticonvulsant, migraine treatment and pain reliever. Valerian is used for insomnia and other disorders as an alternative to benzodiazepine drugs, and as a sedative for nervous tension, hysteria, excitability, stress and intestinal colic or cramps
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, valerian has been introduced into North America.
The amino acid valine is named after this plant.
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Spotted on Jun 9, 2012
Submitted on Jun 26, 2012