Also Know As Valeriana officinalis
Valerian is a wonderful herb for the nervous system. It is a relaxing and restorative nerve tonic that brings a sense of cool, calm serenity to the scene. It is excellent for treating 'the jitters' and even more severe cases such as hysteria, panic, anxiety and shock, as well as insomnia, tension, restlessness and nervous exhaustion. It can be helpful in tension headaches and promotes a deep, restful sleep. By releasing tension that has become locked in the smooth muscles it can be used in all cases where nervous tension results in cramps and blockage. Thus, it may also be effective in aphrodisiac blends for people who suffer frigidity or impotence caused by fear and inhibition.
Valerian can be used for exorcism and counter magic. It is said to protect against lightening and against the evil sorcery. Valerian is an herb of peace. If two people drink Valerian infused wine from the same cup they will immediately stop to fight and argue. Valerian can be used as an offering to the Goddess Bast, and may be the perfect gift to delight your feline familiar or ally. Valerian is sometimes used as an aphrodisiac, though its action is relaxing rather than stimulating.