Formal Name: Valeriana officinalis
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquids

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Valerian gets its name from the latin word "valere," meaning strength or "to make strong". The Romans commonly used it as a flavoring in foods and beverages, and to promote good health. Arab physicians promoted its uses in the 10th century, mainly for the same medicinal purposes it's used for today.

Bodily Functions Valerian Assists

In many studies, valerian has been shown to work as a sleeping aide, eliminating insomnia and promoting a regular rest cycle. In addition, the herb may relieve anxiety and nervousness, and treat muscle spasms. Ingesting valerian may also improve the quality of sleep among some individuals.

Foods High in Valerian

Valerian is not typically used as a food ingredient. It can, however, be used to brew tea. Most commonly, valerian will be ingested in pill form as a dietary supplement called Valerina Forte.

Ailment That Valerian Eliminates:
  • Treats Insomnia
  • May treat anxiety
  • May relax muscle spasms
  • May increase quality of sleep as well as quantity
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Individuals using barbituates, benzodiazepines, or haloperidol should not use valerian
  • Headache
  • Heart disturbances
  • Morning drowsiness
  • Uneasiness
  • Reduces alertness
  • Possibility of addiction after long-term use