The name Valerian comes from the Latin word valere, meaning "to be strong or healthy", generally thought to refer to its medicinal use, though many references suggest that it also refers to the strong odor.
Valerian is a calmative and tranquilizer. It has been used at least since the time of Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.E.) for treating headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, and menstrual problems.
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, Valerian has been introduced into North America. Valerian is a hardy perennial flowering plant with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers.
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The root must be dried at temperatures below 105 degrees F for its medicinally active compounds to form.