Valerian a tallish
plant with clusters of pink or, less commonly, white flowers.
A perennial grows to 4-5 feet. Leaves strongly divided,
pinnate with lance-shaped leaflets; lower ones toothed. Tiny,
pale pink to whitish, tubular flowers, grow in three-forked
terminal heads in tight clusters; each flower has a small,
inrolled calyx at the base; as the fruits form, calyces become
feathery parachutes. Blooms June to July.
Root Essential Oil has been used for nervousness and insomnia
for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine in India and in
traditional Chinese medicine. Valerian essential oil was a
very popular sleep sedative in the United States until it was
displaced by synthetic drugs after World War II. Valerian
essential oil has a distinctive dirty sock smell.
oil, Valeriana Officinalis, has been used for
hypochondria, nervous headaches, irritability, mild spasmodic
affections, diarrhea, epilepsy, migraine headaches, croup,
hysteria, convulsions, vertigo, nervous cough, delirium,
neuralgia, muscle cramps, gas pains, stomach cramps, spasms,
palpitations, gas, colic, depression, panic attacks, emotional
stress, PMS, menstrual cramps, despondency, insomnia