Valerian grows in damp grass lands or along canal banks as in the case where I discovered my source of valerian along the banks of the canal in Dublin. Standing alone, this valerian plant is alone. I would love to find a more abundant source, so that I can harvest its root and enjoy its healing beneifts.
Valerian is used for insomnia, anxiety and nervous restlessness since the second century. It works by increase the amount of a chemical known as GABA in the brain. GABA helps regulate nerve cells and has a calming affect on anxiety. Drugs like valium and Xanax are designed to work in a similar way to Valerian. Valerian is very popular for people with problems sleeping or who are suffering anxiety. Studies show that valerian reduces the time it takes to fall a sleep and increases the quality of sleep. It combines well with other herbs such as lemon balm and hops.
Valerian carries within it one of the secrets of nature, that nature heals. Did you ever wonder why nature provides us with medicinal plants? Whose idea was this? The creator, God, evolution, Gaia? Who ever came up with blue prints for our earth, embedded within plants, parts of our selves, chemicals, minerals and elements required for survial and evolution.
Medicinal plants do not exit by coincidence. They are part of evolution. We were born to be free being, not slaves to another master. Medicinal plants are natures gifts to us, which we must accept with humility and graititude.
Drug companies would prefer that we are loyal and passive consumers. That way their profits soar and they go on longer holidays that the most of us. As a herbalist part of my vision for you is to find your freedom, to be. This is the ultimate way to reduce anxiety, to improve your sleep and to feel happier!
Think about why nature provides us with such wonderful healing herbs as Valerian!