Originating from Europe and parts of Asia, Valerian is an herb that also thrives in North America. The root of Valerian is utilized for its various medicinal properties. Its primary application is in addressing sleep disorders, particularly insomnia. Additionally, Valerian is orally administered for anxiety and psychological stress, although scientific research supporting these uses is limited.
With a history dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, Valerian has been employed as a medicinal herb for centuries. Hippocrates detailed its therapeutic uses, and in the 2nd century, Galen prescribed Valerian for insomnia. By the 16th century, it was recognized for treating nervousness, trembling, headaches, and heart palpitations. In the mid-19th century, Valerian was considered a stimulant, and even during World War II, it found use in England to alleviate the stress of air raids.