The Valerian Valeriana officinalis Also known as all-heal. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of Hippocrates in Ancient Greece. The European Medicines Agency has approved the claim that valerian can be used as a traditional herbal medicinal product for the treatment of mild mental stress and as a sleep aide.
Valerian Valeriana officinalis
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Caprifoliaceae) is a perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century.
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, valerian has been introduced into North America. The flowers are frequently visited by many fly species, especially hoverflies of the genus Eristalis. It is consumed as food by the larvae of some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) species including the grey pug.