Vervain (Verbena officinalis)
Enclosed are a few additional thoughts to add to the wonderful article on nervines by Debra Francis (Medical Herbalism, Volume 12, Number 1)
David Winston, Herbalist, AHG
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.) is a mild sedative and sleep aid that has been popularly used in Europe for several hundred years. Interest in the use of the plant has dramatically increased over the past 20 years, resulting in over 200 scientific papers on its chemistry, pharmacology and clinical applications. Given its long-standing popularity and history of safe use, current interest in the use of valerian preparations continues to grow.
Botany and Nomenclature