Valerian root is derived from valerian (Valeriana officinalis),
a perennial flowering plant from the Valerianaceae family. Valerian root contains volatile oils, including valerenic acids, less volatile sesquiterpenes and valepotriates (esters of short-chain fatty acids). These active constituents are likely
responsible for valerian root’s ability to produce a calming and restorative effect on the body’s central nervous system.
The name of the herb is derived from the personal name “Valeria” and the Latin verb “valere” (to be strong, healthy).
Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia.
CLINICAL BENEFITS OF TAKING CALM:
- Sleep Aid
- Menstrual cramps
- High blood pressure