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Valerian
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Valerianaceae
Genus :
Valeriana
Species :
officinalis
COMMON NAMES
Allheal; English Valerian; German Valerian; Vandalroot; Garden Heliotrope
USES
Sedative; Relaxant; Anxiolytic; Treatment for cramps and painful periods; Migraine Treatment.
DESCRIPTION
Valerian is an herbaceous perennial, with a strong, fetid smell. The stem is erect, grooved, and hairy near the base, and sometimes branched above. It bears four to eight pairs of leaves. The dark-green leaves are sometimes divided more than once. The pink-tinged flowers are small and tubular.
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