Valerian root is derived from valerian (Valeriana officinalis), a perennial flowering plant from the Valerianaceae family. The plant has sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer.
Valerian is a flowering perennial distributed throughout Europe, the Americas, and northern Asia. Valerian root smells like ripe cheese when it is freshly dug from the ground, a characteristic that is fortunately reduced as the root dries.
A common tea or tincture of valerian root is sometimes made in combination with Hops, Skullcap, or Catnip.
Valerian (often misspelled “valarian”) is native to Europe and parts of Asia and now grows in North America as well.
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