North America and Europe that is popular as a garden ornamental and hanging plant. Although the scent of the fine, lacey foliage is pleasing to humans, the root of the plant is unmistakably similar to sweaty gym shoes, an attribute that earned the nickname “phu” from the early Greek botanist, Dioscorides. Cats, on the other hand, cannot resist valerian root, and seem to become intoxicated in its presence much like they do when catnip is nearby. Because the compounds in the herb have a much less stimulating effect in people, valerian root is most often taken as tea, liquid extract or in capsule form shortly before retiring for the night.
Valerian Root Powder, 1/4 lb
Valerian root is a wayside herb found throughout Europe and North America that is also commonly grown as a garden ornamental. The root of the plant was used extensively by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Today, we know that valerian root contains many active compounds, most notably valerenic acid, hesperidin and a neurotransmitting chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. Powdered valerian root can be used to make extracts and tinctures, but it is more commonly encapsulated as a dietary supplement.