Valerian is a herb, (more specifically the root part of the herb). It smells like sweaty socks. Of the more than two hundred known species of valerian, the Eurasian variety, namely, V. officinalis is generally used for medicinal purposes and to relieve anxiety, depression, and poor sleep.
The Top 5 Health benefits of Valerian:
1. Valerian eases menstrual cramps.
2. It eases stomach cramps.
3. Valerian has a mild calming effect which is most effective for people who have trouble falling asleep. As a sleep aid, valerian is most effective if taken shortly before bedtime.
4. The valerian herb benefits people who wake up during the night. Some studies show that the herb may provide quick relief for poor sleep. But, it may take two to four weeks of daily use to bring improved sleep for people with serious insomnia.
5. The Valerian herb when taken three times or more during the day, including taking it before bedtime, relieves anxiety.
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