Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial plant native to North America and Europe, with colorful pink flowers that grow from a tuberous root or rhizomes. Harvested when the plant is two years old, the root contains a number of important compounds, including valepotriates, valeric acid, and other volatile oils. Valerian has long been used as an agent for calming the nervous system in response to stress, as well as a restful sleep inducer. Although other agents have been introduced in recent years that offer similar benefits, Valeriana is still one of the most popular herbal preparations on the market and is widely used throughout Europe. It is important to note that Valerian it has a strong odor, which can be unpleasant.
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