rhizome with root
Prominent Constituents Reported in the Scientific Literature:
Volatile oils, sesquiterpenes, valepotriates and phenolic acids.2,6
Promotes Relaxation & Restful Sleep*
Cats are attracted to Valerian just like catnip!
Ethnobotanically, local Valerian species have varied indigenous use, such as food, charms, Native Herbalism for people and horses, as a smoke/incense plant, and in ceremony by the many tribes located throughout the northern states of the US and Canada.5
The herb prefers moisture and rich, heavy loam soil.4 Propagation occurs by runners or seed.4 If cultivating the plant and flowering stems appear, cut them off so the plant can shift its energy to the root.4 Then harvest the underground parts in the fall of the same year.4
The potent scent of Valerian root has an interesting effect on people and certain animals. Most people have a strong reaction to the scent, whether it’s love at first smell or complete opposition. In the Middle East, the scent was revered and the root was used to create aromatic baths.4 In the Middle Ages, people used the root in herbalism, as well as a perfume and a culinary spice.4 Valerian root scent has an intoxicating effect on cats similar to catnip.4 It has been said that the Pied Piper of Hamelin smelled of the irresistible Valerian root to lure the rats to follow him, as they are also attracted to the scent.4
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