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  • Valeriana officinalis L. is a hardy herbaceous perennial, native to Europe and northern Asia, and is a member of the Valerianaceae family. 
  • Valerian grows in a wide range of soils but prefers a moist, rich, well-drained loam.
  • The major commercial producers are Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Russia, China, and Eastern European countries.

  • Valerian is easy to grow and can be cultivated by direct seeding, transplanting, or by dividing the roots. 
  • Valerian root is widely used as a mild sedative and for insomnia. 
  • The root can be distilled into oils and ointments, or dried and used in teas or capsules. 
  • It is the root that is used for medicinal purposes, and the rhizome and roots are usually harvested in fall of the second growing season.  
  • Dried valerian is invariably stored for some time during the postharvest chain before it is consumed or processed into a value-added product. During this storage period, changes may occur in the level of active constituents.

  • Valerian’s antispasmodic action makes it a strong muscle relaxant used in muscle cramping, uterine cramps, and intestinal colic.
  • Currently, the largest market for valerian is Europe. 
  • According to Blakley, there is a growing market for cultivated valerian root – fresh and dried. 
  •  Most of North American Valeriana officinalis that is on the market is from cultivated sources. 
  •  Demand in strong for production of certified organic material. 
  • The largest market for herbal medicines using valerian  is Europe, where phytomedicine counter sales in 1990 were $US 2.4 billion, and 65% of this total was in Germany.

  • Valeriana Officinalis
  • About Valerian
  • Botanical Details
  • Hallucinogens
  • Natural Products
  • Herbal Therapy
  • Plants for Future - Valerian
  • Common Valerian
  • Growers guide
  • Garden Heliotrope
  • Valerian root Specifications

  • Valerian Root Description

  • Monograph - Valerian Root
  • Monograph - Valerian
  • Monograph - Valeriana Officinalis
  • Valerian Testing

Processing & Extraction

  • Herbal Extract

  • Natural Plant Extract

  • Valerian Root Processing

  • Manufacture of Plant Extract
  • Liquid Herbal Extract
  • Herbs - Powders & Extracts

Market Details

  • Market Opportunities

  • US Market for Herbs

  • World Market

  • India - Valerian

  • Photo Essay - Journal

  • AG Ventures - Profile
  • Valerian Root Extract - China

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  • Common Uses

  • Medicinal Herb - Saskatchewan

  • Medicinal Herb - Tasmania

  • Valerian Uses

  • Medicinal Uses

  • Valerian Root Uses & Effects

  • Application - Valerian Root Extract

  • Insomnia
  • Effects on Healthy Adults
  • Effects on GABA
  • Effects on Sleep-wake Cycle
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Herbal Supplements - Cancer Patients
  • in vitro activity
  • Children's Medication
  • Active Components of V.Root & uses

Herbs & Valeriana officinalis

  • American Herbal - Valerian Root
  • Herbs
  • Valerian Herb Details
  • Herbs - Valerian
  • Herbs like Valerian
  • Liquid Herbs
  • Herbs for Oil
  • HPLC analysis of Herbal Products

Valerian Products

  • Valerian Products - Australia

  • Valerian Products

  • Valerian root Capsules

  • Valerian Root Powder

  • Time- Release Valerian
  • Valerian and Passion Flower
  • Valerian Essential Oil
  • Pure V. Root Aromatherapy Oil

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