VALERIAN - THE SMELL OF SLEEP
Are you stressed out? Try Valerian.
Are you unable to sleep at night? Try Valerian.
In the original version the Pied Piper was also a herbalist who used Valerian to hypnotize both the rats and the children.
This reflects the effect on the nervous system that we now know Valerian to possess. While the sedative effects of the herb have already really only featured in the last millennium, as long as 2000 years ago, the Greeks and Romans used Valerian for a range of purposes.
Valerian was known as phu.
Valerian root has a strong odour described by some unkind souls as likely sweaty socks. When you recognized the smell and phu literally means 'yuck'.
Despite this Valerian was used as a pain reliever, decongestant and antidote to poisons.
Valerian is ' of a special virtue against plague'. It is hard to imagine what the special virtue could have been, except perhaps to calm people who would have been severely distressed and maybe relax spasms in the body.
The true secret of Valerian, it is a tranquilizer and sleep aid.
Valerian was recognized as a nervous system herb. Then during World War 1, Valerian was used for many soldiers afflicted with 'over-wrought nerves' from things, we may imagine, such as constant artillery bombardment. Today the news daily headline about H1N1 growing updates also increased the distressed cases among the citizens. Today Valerian is recognized as a leading treatment for insomnia.
Every night, before going to sleep, drink 20 % of your own daily water quota, which is 31.42 (ml) multiply with your own body weight (kg), and put a pinch of sea-salt on your tongue and let it there and go to slumber land, naturally. Result ensured.