Wild Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)
Finding Valerian was such a bonus! The leaves and even more the root (the latest has a distinctive smell of sweaty socks), are known since the time of ancient Greeks and Romans as a medicinal herb and a cure for insomnia. Today it is widely used in
It is said about Valerian that it increases the brain levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which slows down nerve activity in the brain. It activates adenosine receptors, binds to serotonin receptors, inhibits prostaglandin, relaxes blood vessels, is anti-inflammatory. Valerian may reduce cortisol levels and oxidative damage.
Valerian may improve sleep, reduce anxiety, improve stress management, improve hyperactivity and focus in children with ADHD, reduce menstrual cramp pain, decrease menopausal symptoms, improve heart health, ease restless leg syndrome (RLS), may improve well being during cancer therapy, reduce frequency of seizures in epilepsy, improve OCD, prevent dizziness, relieve digestive problems, improve memory and cognitive function, improve fibromyalgia, prevent kidney damage and increase dreaming.
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