is it found?
Valerian is native to Europe and
Western Asia. It is also found in Canada and the Southern United States
does it look like?
Valerian “spreads horizontally…the stem is
hollow…the leaves are opposite (7-10 pairs of toothed leaflets), the
flowers…are white or pale pink…and it has 3 stamens. The tiny fruits have
a crown of feathery fluff” (http://www.gov.mb.ca,
are the medical uses?
Valerian has been used as a tranquilizing agent. Valerian is also used
for nervous tension, insomnia and headache. Valerian has also been used
to decrease muscle spasms and to lower blood pressure (http://www.herbnet.com,
chemicals are in it?
Valerian contains the diuretics Caffeic-acid,
chlorogenic-acid, and kaempferol. It also
contains the antihypertensive chemical Quercetin. Other
chemicals include the alkaloids Valerine, Valerianine, Chatinine, Tannins,
and Resins. It also contains Valeric acid, isovaleric
acid, 1-pinene, 1-comphene, 1-borneol, and terpineol (http://www.hort.perdue.edu,
2003), (Dr. Duke, 2003).