Valerian Valeriana officanalis (Valerian Family)
The root of this herb is used primarily as a mild sedative to calm restlessness and anxiety and overcome mild insomnia.
Studies have shown that an extract of this herb can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep without changing the normal stages of sleep.
It is also used as an antispasmodic, particularly for abdominal cramps due to nervousness and for uterine cramps and premenstrual tension.
This herb is useful as a mild tranquilizer for people experiencing emotional stress and is sometimes used in place of anti anxiety drugs.
Some herbalists have also recommended it for tension headaches, bronchial spasms, lingering coughs, and as a muscle relaxant to treat pain.
CAUTIONS: Not for use by children under twelve, pregnant women or nursing mothers. Do not mix with alcohol or prescription tranquilizers, or antidepressants.