> Valerian Herb
Information on, uses of and how to grow valerian:
Valere is the Latin verb to be healthy. The root of Valerian which
has an unpleasant smell has historically been used as a medicine.
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How to grow
The seed of Valerian are slow to germinate. Sow them in spring
under glass and plant out in summer to 60cm apart. Harvest the roots at the end
of the second season then dry the rhizomes.
This herb is native to marshy soil. It likes a
sunny, damp but well drained place. Cut off the flowering heads as they appear.
Valerian can be grown in a container but it needs to be kept watered.
Valerian has pink flowers from June to August. It can reach a
height of 75cm.
Valerian has traditionally been used as a tranquillizer and is supposed
to promote sleep. Valerian tea can be drunk before retiring for a few days but
not over a long period of time. An ointment made from the leaves or roots is
said to heal skin complaints.
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