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 speaking, indigenous people throughout the northern United States and Canada have used local Valerian species in diverse ways.5 These include: as food, in charms, in herbalism for people and horses, as a smoked plant, for incense and in ceremonies.5
The herb prefers moisture and rich, heavy loam soil.4 Propagation occurs by runners or seed.4 If flowering stems appear when cultivating the plant, 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’s 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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