(Valeriana officinalis) The ancient medicinal properties of this herb has been used in remedies for insomnia, anxiety, healing wounds, ulcers, and pain relief.
Valeriana officinalis is a perennial herb native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in North America. Valerian has a long-established history of use both as a mild sedative and as a sleep aid in Western Europe. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) root extract is an approved over-the-counter medicine in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, and France for the treatment of stress and nervous tension, disturbed sleep patterns, and anxiety states. In Germany, the valerian root extract is an approved herbal medicine listed in the German Commission E monographs for its sedative and sleep-promoting activity.
NOTE: Valerian is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation and in children younger than 3 years. Although valerian does not appear to cause residual morning sleepiness, it should not be taken before driving or operating machinery because it may impair judgment. Valerian should not be taken with alcohol and sedative drugs, because it may potentiate the overall effect.