What is Valerian?
A small flowering plant with nutrient-dense roots, valerian has a strong wellness pedigree that stretches all the way back to around 400 B.C. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates first described using the herb, while the renowned Roman surgeon Galen suggested its use for sleep problems as early as the 2nd century. Folk wellness uses of valerian eventually caught on, and the prepared root has enjoyed widespread use throughout Europe since the 16th century. The herb has been extensively researched for its relaxing effects over the past 50 years.**
Today, valerian is one of the most popular and highly regarded natural herbs for easing nervousness, stress and tension, instead supporting a calm and tranquil state of mind. The herb is perhaps most famous for supporting healthy sleep patterns, and is especially notable for accelerating the onset of sleep. These sleep benefits may be traced back to the herb’s gently sedating, muscle-relaxing properties.**
Experts are still unsure about exactly how valerian works on the body, but research suggests that it may prolong the presence of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a “calming” chemical found in the brain. Scientists consider valerenic acid to be the herb’s active ingredient that is most responsible for its relaxing effects. However, researchers also point out that the herb has 150 different natural compounds that may work together to influence the nervous system and muscles.**
20 Capsules. Ingredients: Valerian Root