Valerian Valerian is an herb. It is native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Medicine is made from the root.
Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). Valerian is also used orally for anxiety and psychological stress.
In manufacturing, the extracts and oil made from valerian are used as flavoring in foods and beverages.
How does it work?
Valerian seems to act like a sedative on the brain and nervous system.