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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) (wiki) is a hardy perennial plant with pink or white flowers that bloom during the summer months .
Native to Europe , Asia and North America .
The essential oil of valerian produced from the root of the plant by the process of steam distillation and has a warm , woody scent that relaxes the mind and body.
It is widely used in aromatherapy and pharmacopoeia , mainly because of the anxiolytic action .
The root of valerian were among the most popular medicinal herbs in ancient Greece and Rome .
Galen , a Roman physician and philosopher of Greek origin , constituted for the treatment of insomnia .
Later , during the Middle Ages , there was a perception that the aromas of flower extracts of Valerian have a strong impact on the mental state of people .
It offers emotional balance and spiritual balance .
During the last three decades , there is clinical investigation on how Valerian affects the central nervous system.
Researchers have identified the active ingredients ( valeroni , valerenic acid , etc. ) responsible for the anxiolytic action .
It seems that the active substances are in the synapses of nerve cells and specific receptors of GABA- (gamma aminobutyric acid) (wiki)
The scientifically documented benefits of valerian on human health related to the impact on problems such as insomnia , anxiety, nervousness , depression , fever, headache , hyperactivity , the emminorroiakes cramps , gnashing of teeth and other psychosomatic symptoms associated with overactive sympathetic nervous system.
The essential oil of valerian combined well with: Lavender , Tangerine, Patchouli , Pine and Rosemary .
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