Herb to Know: Valerian

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From Mother Earth Living, by Barbara Pleasant

Try this soothing herb for sweeter sleep.

In early summer, valerian’s delicate flower clusters pump out a heady, sweet vanilla scent.

Sometimes known as garden heliotrope, valerian is one of the most fragrant perennials you can grow. Its rounded clusters of pale pink blooms perfume the garden and indoor bouquets for up to six weeks in early summer.

But valerian is much more than a pretty flower. Its roots contain compounds with calming effects so potent that valerian sometimes is called “poor man’s valium.” (Valium is not made from valerian, but the two travel similar neural pathways in the brain.)

More than 1,800 years ago, the Greek physician Galen prescribed valerian for insomnia. The National Institutes of Health’s recent review of studies on valerian’s effectiveness drew “inconclusive” results, but two of these studies showed that valerian helped people fall asleep faster. In the…

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