The name valerian (Valerianaceae) comes from the Latin word 'valere', which means health.
The herb was used in Anglo-Saxon times for calming down the nervous system in case of over-stimulation. The Incas used it as massage ointment.
The valerian root is known for its relaxing and calming qualities.
Valerian root is often used as a muscle relaxant and mild tranquillizer. The herb might have positive effects on the central nervous system. It is used to help reduce anxiety and overexertion.
Valerian root is often used to reduce sleeping problems. It helps to fall asleep quickly, without feeling dazed when waking up. The herb is especially useful for people who are so over-active they have trouble relaxing. Valerian root can calm you down when feeling nervous, but does not interrupt the power of concentration.