Valeriana officinalis, commonly known as valerian, is an herb native to Asia and Europe. It is now also grown in the US, China and other countries. Flowers from the valerian plant were used to make perfume centuries ago, and the root portion has been used in traditional medicine for at least 2,000 years. Unlike its delicately scented flowers, valerian root has a very strong, earthy odor. The name “valerian” is derived from the Latin verb valere, which means “to be strong” or “to be healthy.
Valerian has a positive impact on the GABA receptors in the brains. GABA or gamma-Aminobutyric acid is a natural 'brake' for the nervous system, brings rest in the brain and makes it easier to fall asleep after periods of stress.
- Supports relaxation
- Supports a good nights rest
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