Valeriana (Valerian)

Valeriana is a genus of more than 250 species of perennial herbs in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to Europe, Asia, South and North America.
The plant produces tall stem with clusters of sweetly scented white, pink or lavender flowers. The flowers are star-like, tiny and beautiful!

Name meaning:

The genus name comes from the Latin “valere”, which means “to be strong” or “to be healthy”, in reference to the plant’s medicinal properties.

Valeriana symbolism:

Valeriana represents health and strength.


Interesting facts about Valeriana:

Benefits and Uses

Valeriana has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. It has developed a reputation of powerful herbal plant.
The plant has been used to treat anxiety, depression, convulsions, epilepsy, menstrual cramps, tremors, stomach ache, muscle pain and headache.
Valeriana acts like a sedative on the brain and nervous system so it has been used for treating sleep disorders and nervous tension. It relieves stress and helps one to fall asleep easier. The plant was used during the WWII to relieve stress from the constant bombing.

During the middle ages, Valerian was used in culinary as a spice.

Another historical use for Valerian was in perfumery. It was used for the preparation of perfumes in the 16th century.

Plant Type:

Perennials

Color:

The flowers are white, pink or lavender.