September 12, 2023

Valerian Root and Weed

Valerian root is an herb that acts like a natural sleep aid, and can help you get better rest. It can also calm nerves and reduce stress. It can be used as a substitute for prescription sleep medications, but it may take up to six weeks before you feel the effect. In addition, valerian root can interact with certain medications, so it is best to talk to your doctor before taking it.

Valerie officinalis, commonly known as valerian, is a perennial plant with a long history of use as a natural sedative in different cultures. It has a strong smell and is able to induce sleepiness, relax the muscles and calm the nervous system. It can also treat insomnia, relieve anxiety, and help with depression. It can be found in many forms including capsules, tablets, and liquid extract.

Common valerian is one of the most popular herbal raw materials in Europe and America. In order to meet the needs of the market, it is important to maintain a genetic diversity of wild-growing populations. Therefore, the seeds of three Polish landraces were sown in February 2017 (using single seed technique): 'Polka', 'Norweski' and 'Lubelski'. The resulting well-rooted seedlings were planted in May at the Experimental Station of the Vegetable and Medicinal Plant Department, WULS-SGGW.

Valerian is tolerant of hot or cold climates, and grows well in most soil types. However, it prefers rich, heavy loam. It does not require frequent irrigation, and is resistant to insects and disease. It should be hand weeded in the spring and summer, as overcrowding decreases vitality.


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