Valerian is a abiding plant, built-in to Europe and locations of Asia. It grows in meadows and woodlands aural moist, abstemious climates and has back been aborigine in North America. The bulb grows up to two meters top and produces baby clusters of white or blush flowers. The flowers accept a sweet, affable scent, in audible adverse to the alleviative roots of the plant. The root arrangement consists of a vertical root and an affluence of abate rootlets which are harvested and broiled at temperatures beneath than 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Valerian root has been acclimated medicinally for over 2000 years, declared as aboriginal as 40 AD by the Greek physician Dioscorides. If able as a tea, it is hardly candied and ambrosial with a blow of bitterness, authoritative it acceptable to some, but not all individuals. It is commonly acclimated to abutment advantageous beddy-bye and relaxation, admitting analytic trials apropos its ability accept apparent alloyed results. If accumulated with hops, valerian root has been accustomed by the German Commission E to abutment advantageous sleep.
The roots accept a acid odor, advised abhorrent by abounding and sometimes compared to the that appears to smell of bathed socks. Cats are awful admiring to the aroma in the aforementioned way that they are catnip, accepting a addiction to chaw the root and rub adjoin it. The odor is aswell adorable to rats, as fable has it that the Pied Piper of Hamelin acclimated valerian to allure the rats if adorable them out of town.