Every Herb Has A Story: Get Some Sleep With Valerian

| 6/1/2011 4:29:54 PM

R.BureshRandy Buresh (Registered Nurse and Herbalist), is the co-owner and founder of Oregon’s Wild Harvest. Oregon’s Wild Harvest grows, harvests and produces their own medicinal herbal products, many of which use the herbs grown on their certified Biodynamic® and Organic farm in Sandy, Oregon. www.oregonswildharvest.com 

Have you ever been really tired and ready to go to bed, but once you’re under those nice, warm covers, your mind decides to go into overdrive—racing from topic to topic, thinking about all the things you did that day, or have to do tomorrow?

Well, I have. And I'm not alone. More than 67 million Americans also have trouble falling to sleep at night. So that’s one in three. You may say, “Wow, that’s me!”

I’ve always said that Mother Nature provides us with everything we need—including a good night’s sleep.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has been traditionally used as a relaxant herb. This is because it has a calming effect on the nervous system. It seems to work quite well for helping a person go off to sleep, but its effect does not last very long so it will not really improve the quality of sleep over all. If all you need is that little extra help to turn off the brain, then valerian is the herb for you. 

Valerian has a calming effect on your nervous system, helping you get to sleep faster.
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