The Nervous System
Lesson 9, Page 16 of 19

Kava was originally drank by the Pacific islanders.

Valerian Root

The name Valerian comes from the Latin valere, which means "to be in good health." The plant (Valeriana officinalis) grows in damp places throughout Europe, northern Asia, the U.S. and South America. It is well-known for its odor during drying, which is akin to smelly socks or rotten cheese. Records of valerian's use go back more than 1,000 years. At one time it was possibly used as widely as coffee by German women. It was used as a condiment during medieval times and as a perfume during the 16th century. The roots have been used for food by many cultures. The Piute Indians ground them for flour and the British used them in soups. Cats and other small animals are also fond of the herb. In addition to its many historical uses, modern herbalists use the root primarily to support special needs of the central nervous system. Its traditional uses include nervousness due to overwork and fatigue, stress, anxiety, pain relief, menstrual cramps and muscles spasms. Valerian Root is a natural tranquilizer and promotes sleep. (Classification: Bitter/aromatic herb. Warm energy.)

The name Valerian comes from the Latin valere, which means . . .

to be in good health.
sleep inducer.
from the valley of the sleeping giants.
none of the above.

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